Child Safety

St Mary's Primary School holds the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as a central and fundamental responsibility. Central to the mission of the school is an unequivocal commitment to fostering the dignity, self-esteem and integrity of children and young people and providing them with a safe, supportive and enriching environment to develop spiritually, physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.

The school's child safety material complements the Child Safe Code of Conduct which details, clarifies and affirms the standards of behaviour expected for members of school community.
 
The school's Child Safety Officer is Ms Tania Stevens who can be contacted on 03 5551 9000 or tstevens@smhamilton.catholic.edu.au

Ministerial Order No. 870 (Child Safe Standards)
Ministerial Order No. 870 has been implemented for the purpose of section 4.3.1(6)(d) of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006.
 
The child safe standards are as follows:
In complying with the child safe standards an applicable entity to which the standards apply must include the following principles as part of their response to each standard:

  • promoting the cultural safety of Aboriginal children
  • promoting the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • promoting the safety of children with a disability.

To create and maintain a child safe organisation, an applicable entity to which the standards apply must have:
Standard 1: Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements.
Standard 2: A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety.
Standard 3: A code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children.
Standard 4: Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel.
Standard 5: Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse.
Standard 6: Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse.
Standard 7: Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.

Working With Children Check
All parents and volunteers at St Mary's are expected to have a current Working with Children Check Card.  Please present your card at the front office so you can be added to our register.
You can apply for a check online.

Volunteer Guidelines
Please be aware of the procedures for volunteering at St Mary’s Primary School that are outlined in CECV Guidelines on the Engagement of Volunteers in Catholic Schools.  You can view this document here 

Contractor Guidelines
St Mary's follows a procedure for external providers outlined in CECV Guidelines on Engagement of External Contractors in Catholic Schools to ensure the school meets its duty of care in providing a safe environment for students. 
You can view this document 
here