St Agatha’s is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all students.St Agatha’s respects and values the dignity, self-esteem and integrity of every child and young person, based on our Christian belief that every person is made in the image of God and children and young people are entrusted to us by the love of God.
St Agatha’s Catholic Parish Primary School is a community that values excellence, diligence and creativity developed within an ethos of belief, justice, service and integrity.
We offer a curriculum that is
St Agatha’s Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy has been developed in compliance with our obligations under the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000 and the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Regulation 2011 to promote and protect children and young people.St Agatha’s is a systemic Catholic School in the Archdiocese of Brisbane which is administered by Brisbane Catholic Education (“BCE”).
BCE has developed codes of conduct and standards of behaviour for employees, students, volunteers (including parents) and other personnel in consultation with relevant parties. These codes of conduct set out BCE’s requirements in relation to the conduct of employees who work at St Agatha’s together with students, volunteers and other personnel at the school.
BCE employees who work at St Agatha’s are also bound to comply withBCE’s Statement of Principles for Employment in Catholic Schools and other relevant professional standards (for example, the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and the Australian Professional Standards for Principals which describes effective, contemporary practice for teachers and principals)
The Catholic Education Archdiocese of Brisbane Code of Conduct (“Code of Conduct”) sets out the standard of behaviour required of BCE employees working at St Agatha’s. All BCE employees must comply with the Code of Conduct.It forms part of the contract of employment for all persons employed by BCE, including on a temporary, casual, fixed term or continuing basis.
The Code of Conduct states that BCE employees must behave professionally at all times in their interactions with students and observe appropriate boundaries, behaviour and contact with students. In addition, the Code of Conduct covers the employees’ duties in relation to risk management and duty of care obligations to students.
St Agatha’s has developed a Student Behaviour Support Plan for the school, known as Positive Student Support Plan in consultation with all groups in the school community and in accordance with BCE’s Student Behaviour Support Policy. The Student Behaviour Support Plan has been implemented for a whole school approach to support student behaviour in the school environment.
St Agatha’s Student Behaviour Support Plan reflects the shared values and expectations of the school to student behaviour support and encourages a supportive Catholic school environment. The Student Behaviour Support Plan includes a student code of behaviour which is guided by BCE’s Student Behaviour Support Policy. The Student Behaviour Support Plan is readily accessible to students and parents and is uploaded on the St Agatha’s Intranet/Website.
BCE has developed a Volunteer Code of Conduct which outlines the standard of behaviour which is required of volunteers (including parents) in their activities in the school, including the need to think and act safely and treat students and staff with respect.
St Agatha’s takes the following actions to ensure that the BCE Volunteer Code of Conduct is implemented in the school community:
BCE has developed an Other Personnel Code of Conduct which outlines the standard of behaviour which is required of other personnel in their activities in the school, including the need to think and act safely and treat students and staff with respect. Other personnel includes music instructors, art instructors and sports coaches who use our school’s property and facilities in order to provide services or instruction to students, but who are not BCE employees.
St Agatha’s takes the following actions to ensure that the BCE Other Personnel Code of Conduct is implemented in the school community:
· all other personnel are given a copy of the Other Personnel Code of Conduct;
· all other personnel are required to comply with the school’s Other Personnel Code of Conduct to continue their activities and instructions at the school;
· all other personnel have completed Student Protection Training via the PowerPoint for Other Personnel; and
· all other personnel must sign the Other Personnel Register Sheet.
Procedures for recruiting, selecting, training and managing staff that enhance the safety and wellbeing of children and young people and the protection of children and young people from harm (mandatory requirement 3)
St Agatha’s aims to recruit and select employees that work with students in the school that are appropriately qualified and suitable for working with children and young people.
St Agatha’s is responsible for staff recruitment, selection, training and management of employees in the school in partnership with personnel from the BCE office.
Principals and employees involved in staff recruitment, selection, training and management of employees at the school must comply with the relevant BCE policies which are published on the BCE Intranet and include:
In advertising new positions for the school, the advertisement states that “This position involves working with children. The appointment of a successful applicant will be subject to satisfactory employment screening for child related employment in accordance with the law”.
St Agatha’s adheres to BCE’s policies and procedures in relation to employment which are contained in the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000, Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Regulation 2011, Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Act and Regulation 2001, and the Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005.
All non-teaching employees working at St Agatha’s are required to comply with BCE’s Blue Card Screening Procedures (discussed below). All non-teaching employees, volunteers and trainee students who work with students and who require a Blue Card under the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000, are required to obtain a Blue Card and keep it current. All teachers are required to produce evidence of current teacher registration with the Queensland College of Teachers (“QCT”) before they commence work at St Agatha’s.
The Principal is required by BCE to ensure that all new BCE employees at St Agatha’s are provided with induction training on the school’s processes and procedures, the values and expectations of BCE and the standard of behaviour required of employees in their interactions with students, to support BCE and St Agatha’s to provide an environment that is safe and supportive for students.
All staff at St Agatha’s must complete mandatory online training in BCE’s Student Protection Processes, once every two years. Student protection training covers BCE’s requirements under the Student Protection Processes in relation to reporting by staff of suspicions or allegations of:
This training provides our staff at St Agatha’s with strong skills to effectively respond to and report suspicions or allegations, as required by law. In the alternate year, face to face refresher training for staff is conducted by the Principal at St Agatha’s. New employees must complete this training within four weeks of commencing work at the school.
Additional on-going training is provided by BCE and employees at the school are encouraged to attend. BCE has a dedicated Professional Learning Team which co-ordinates professional learning opportunities for BCE employees to enable BCE employees to enhance their professional or personal knowledge and skills. St Agatha’s encourages its staff to attend professional learning courses. Many of the courses offered to employees relate to the safety and wellbeing of students. For example, courses are offered from time to time on bullying at schools, behaviour management of students, students at risk of harm and students with special needs.
Where there is a complaint or allegation in relation to an employee of inappropriate behaviour, unsatisfactory performance or misconduct, the Principal (or in some cases, the Area Supervisor or the Employee Relations Team at the BCE office) will take all appropriate management action, which may include requiring employees to undertake additional training, mentoring employees, explaining BCE’s and the school’s expectations and requirements to the employee or dismissal.
BCE provides the Employee Assistance program to give free and confidential counselling to employees at the school who require support.
St Agatha’s recognises that students learn best in school environments in which they feel safe, both physically and emotionally. BCE has developed a number of policies, processes and resources to support the pastoral care and wellbeing of students at St Agatha’s. These are readily accessible to BCE employees on BCE’s Intranet. The Principal at St Agatha’s provides informal training, from time to time, at staff meetings and ‘in service’ days, so that employees at the school are aware of these policies.
These policies and processes include: