Safeguarding Children and Young People
St Francis Xavier College is committed to developing a culture to maintain the safety of each student in our care. At St Francis Xavier we have a zero tolerance for child abuse and are committed to acting in children’s best interests and keeping them safe from harm.
The College regards its child protection responsibilities with the utmost importance and as such, is committed to providing the necessary resources to ensure compliance with all relevant child protection laws and regulations and maintain a child safe culture. As a result, we have developed a Child Safe Policy and Code of Conduct to embed our child safe practices in our processes and procedures. The Child Safe Policy is an overarching document that provides key elements of our approach to protecting children from abuse. The Child Safety Code of Conduct lists behaviours that are acceptable and those that are unacceptable. It provides a high level statement of professional boundaries, ethical behaviour and acceptable and unacceptable relationships. This Code of Conduct has a specific focus on safeguarding children and young people at the College against sexual, physical, psychological and emotional abuse or neglect. It is intended to complement other professional and/or occupational codes. The Student Wellbeing team has also developed strategies to promote child empowerment and participation including the processes for students to contact staff if they need support in this area.
We have also appointed staff to act as Child Protection Officers. Each Child Protection Officer is available to answer any questions that you may have with respect to our Child Protection and Safety Policy and the Child Protection Program. If a person requires support in reporting to the authorities, the College’s Child Protection Officers are your first point of contact. They receive special training that allows them to deal with child protection concerns both sensitively and effectively.
The welfare and best interests of the child are paramount. Whenever there are concerns that a child is in immediate danger the Police should be called on 000.
Below are links to a number of important Child Safety Policies and practices that work together to create a Culture of Child Safety at St Francis Xavier College.
For further information regarding our Child Protection Policies, please contact the College to speak with one of our Child Protection Officers.