In many societies, including ours, children are valued and their health, safety and wellbeing are important. Protecting our children and young people from harm is everyone’s job.
In Australia, each state has laws to keep children safe and to make sure their needs are met. In NSW, this law is the Children and Young Person (Care and Protection) Act 1998.
Family and Community Services (FACS) is the main government department in NSW that puts this law into practice but all government departments, partnership agencies and the community share this responsibility.
Harm in the form of child abuse and neglect can happen to any child or young person in any family, and it can have lasting and damaging effects.
The School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety, welfare and well being of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
We have zero tolerance of child abuse and all allegations and safety concerns are treated very seriously and consistent with our robust policies and procedures. St Columba Anglican School has a legal and moral obligation to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow rigorously.
If a parent or community member has any concerns in regards to child protection, staff misconduct and child safety, these should be brought to the attention of the Principal or Deputy Principal in the first instance.