Child Safety and Wellbeing
At St Catherine's, we acknowledge and understand that child safety and wellbeing is the responsibility of every person and is an integral aspect of student wellbeing. We aim to work collaboratively with parents, students and other community members to ensure a safe school environment.
Our commitment to the protection of students is based on our belief that each person is made in the image of God, and our ethos is to provide a safe and supportive environment. All students have the right to expect that the school will always act to protect them from any kind of harm.
Please follow the below links for further information on Child Safety:
- Anti-Bullying Policy
- Anti-Grooming Policy
- Child Protection and Safety Policy
- Child Safety Code of Conduct
- Child Safe Standards
- Commitment Statement to Child Safety
- Cyber Safety Policy
- Duty of Care Policy
- Failure to Disclose Policy
- Failure to Protect Policy
- Mandatory Reporting Policy
- Pastoral Care Policy
- Student Attendance Policy
- Working with Children Checks Policy
- Guide to Reporting Conduct Under the Reportable Conduct Scheme
- PROTECT - Identifying and Responding to Student Sexual Offending
- PROTECT - Identifying and Responding to All Forms of Abuse in Victorian Schools
- FOUR CRITICAL ACTIONS FOR SCHOOLS - Responding to Incidents, Disclosures and Suspicions of Child Abuse
Child Information Sharing Scheme and the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme
The Information Sharing Schemes were introduced in response to Royal Commissions, coronial inquests and independent inquiries over the past decade that identified poor information sharing as a barrier to service collaboration with detrimental outcomes for children and families. The Information Sharing Schemes will enable schools and other prescribed Information Sharing Entities (ISE) to access and share relevant information to promote the wellbeing and safety of children, and to assess and manage family violence risk.
Phase One of implementation of the Schemes commenced in September 2018 and included key tertiary and frontline services, such as Child Protection, Maternal and Child Health Services and Victoria Police. From 19 April 2021, as part of Phase Two, universal services such as education and health will be authorised to share information using the Schemes. On and from this date, DOSCEL and its schools, Victorian government, non-government schools and centre-based education and care services, such as long day care, kindergarten and outside school hours care services, will be prescribed as ISE under the Child Information Sharing Scheme and the Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme and will have an expanded ability to collaborate and share confidential information with other authorised professionals.
The Information Sharing Schemes complement and expand upon existing information sharing and child protection laws and do not replace already existing authorisation to share information such as the Child Safe Standards, reporting to Child Protection or Victoria Police, the Reportable Conduct Scheme and other privacy and information sharing laws.
From the commencement of Term 2 2021, DOSCEL and its schools will also become Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM) organisations and will be required to align to MARAM over time.
Information Sharing Scheme Entities can make contact with us by phoning 03 9702 1466 or emailing infoshare@
73 Ridgemont Drive
Berwick VIC 3806
Phone: 03 9702 1466