All students enrolled at Sacré Cœur have the right to feel safe and to be safe. The wellbeing of children in our care will always be our first priority and we do not and will not tolerate child abuse. We aim to create a child-safe and child-friendly environment where children are free to enjoy life to the full without any concern for their safety. There is particular attention paid to the most vulnerable children, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and children with a disability.
Our commitment to our students
(a) We commit to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people enrolled in our school.
(b) We commit to providing children and young people with positive and nurturing experiences.
(c) We commit to listening to children and young people and empowering them by taking their views seriously, and addressing any concerns that they raise with us.
(d) We commit to taking action to ensure that children and young people are protected from abuse or harm.
(e) We commit to teaching children and young people the necessary skills and knowledge to understand and maintain their personal safety and wellbeing.
(f) We commit to seeking input and feedback from students regarding the creation of a safe school environment.
Our commitment to parents and carers
(a) We commit to communicating honestly and openly with parents and carers about the wellbeing and safety of their children.
(b) We commit to engaging with, and listening to, the views of parents and carers about our child-safety practice, policies and procedures.
(c) We commit to transparency in our decision-making with parents and carers where it will not compromise the safety of children or young people.
(d) We commit to acknowledging the cultural diversity of students and families, and being sensitive to how this may impact on student safety issues.
(e) We commit to continuously reviewing and improving our systems to protect children from abuse.
Our commitment to our school staff (school employees, volunteers, contractors and clergy)
(a) We commit to providing all Sacré Cœur staff with the necessary support to enable them to fulfil their roles. This will include regular and appropriate learning opportunities to clarify and confirm policy and procedures in relation to child safety and young people’s protection and wellbeing.
(b) We commit to providing regular opportunities to clarify and confirm policy and procedures in relation to child safety and young people’s protection and wellbeing. This will include annual training in the principles and intent of the Child Safety Policy and Child Safety Code of Conduct, and staff responsibilities to report concerns.
(c) We commit to listening to all concerns voiced by Sacré Cœur staff, clergy, volunteers, and contractors about keeping children and young people safe from harm.
(d) We commit to providing opportunities for Sacré Cœur staff, volunteers, contractors and clergy to receive formal debriefing and counselling arising from incidents of the abuse of a child or young person.
Student Safety and Participation
At Sacré Cœur, we actively encourage all students to openly express their views and feel comfortable about giving voice to the things that are important to them.
We teach students about what they can do if they feel unsafe and enable them to understand, identify, discuss and report on child safety. We listen to and act on any concerns students, or their parents or carers, raise with us.
Child Safety Officer
Sacré Cœur’s Child Safety Policy demonstrates the School’s commitment to the Victorian Child Safe Standards as set out in Ministerial Order No. 870.
The Child Safe Standards requires schools to plan, implement and review strategies that will embed a culture of child safety. in conjunction with the Principal, the Child Safety Officer (Risk and Compliance Manager) plays an essential role in ensuring that
Sacré Cœur is a child safe school. The Child Safety Officer leads the School’s Child Safety Culture by providing support, advice, training, monitoring, communicating and the implementation of Child Safety processes.