Consistent with its mission and values, Catholic Schools Lismore strives to ensure children in its care are safe and secure. Implementing a variety of practices that reduces potential risk forms part of our strategy to build child safe communities consistent with the vision of the National Principles of Child Safe Organisations.
The Catholic Schools Office Child Protection Policy applies to all employees engaged to work in, or provide services to Catholic systemic schools in the Diocese of Lismore, with the aim to:
Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Lismore are committed to meeting the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. These Principles have been developed in response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission and have been endorsed by all Commonwealth, state and territory governments. They provide a nationally consistent approach to embedding child safe cultures within organisations that engage with children, and are designed to build capacity and deliver child safety and wellbeing in organisations, families and communities and prevent future harm.
Principle 1: Leadership, governance and culture
Principle 2: Children and young people are informed about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously
Principle 3: Families and communities are informed, and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing
Principle 4: Equity is upheld and diverse needs respected in policy and practice
Principle 5: People working with children and young people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and wellbeing values in practice
Principle 6: Processes to respond to complaints and concerns are child focused
Principle 7: Staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and young people safe through ongoing education and training
Principle 8: Physical and online environments promote safety and wellbeing while minimising the opportunity for children and young people to be harmed
Principle 9: Implementation of the national child safe principles is regularly reviewed and improved
Principle 10: Policies and procedures document how the organisation is safe for children and young people
For more information on the National Principals for Child Safe Communities, pleae refer to the Australian Human Rights Commission website.