Schools have a responsibility to provide an environment for children and young people that is free from abuse and to protect students within the school environment from abuse and from improper conduct of a sexual nature. Schools play a vital role in recognising and responding to indications of abuse when it is occurring and providing appropriate student protection programs.
Catholic Education in the Diocese of Cairns has adopted a Protective Behaviour Program which provides schools with easily recognisable and simple-to-implement protective processes for students and staff. Click here for information.
St John’s has two child protection contacts available to children. A full copy of the Student Protection Manual is available to borrow from the school office. All staff, volunteer helpers and P & F executive are required by law to have a current Blue Card.
At the time of print parents are not required by law to possess a Blue Card.
In the case of custody, the school must comply with directions set down by a court of law. It is the duty of the parent to advise the school of decisions handed down by the courts. When the school is given proof that the custody of a child rests with one parent only, the school will do all in its power to ensure that the child returns home to the parent to whom custody has been granted.
Parents must make children fully aware of the correct procedure to be adhered to when leaving or being collected from the school grounds. The principal should be advised immediately if a problem arises in this area. Parents must advise the school by letter if permission has been granted for the child to be collected by a person other than the legal custodian.