Child Protection

CHILD PROTECTION STATEMENT/POLICY

The safety, protection and well-being of all students is of fundamental importance to the College. Therefore, the College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the safety, welfare and wellbeing of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

All persons who have a concern or allegation related to a Child Protection matter must report their concern or allegation to the Headmaster (Head of Entity) by direct correspondence at Headmaster@wcc.nsw.edu.au.

If the allegation involves the Headmaster, then it should be reported to the Chair of College Council by direct correspondence at chairman@wcc.nsw.edu.au.

The College commits to be a child-safe organisation and to the implementation of the recommendations and the Child Safe Standards contained in the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The College will operate in accordance with all legislation in respect to Child Protection as a matter of priority.

All staff and volunteers must undertake annual training to make them aware of their Child Protection Obligations.

 

 

REPORTING CHILD PROTECTION CONCERNS

Complaints and allegations of staff misconduct and/or reportable conduct are managed by the College in a different manner to other complaints. This is because the College has legal obligations to report certain staff conduct to external authorities. Staff misconduct is a broad term that could include breaches of professional boundaries, codes of conduct or standards of behaviour, whereas reportable conduct is a term defined in law as including:

  • A sexual offence
  • Sexual misconduct
  • An assault against a child
  • Ill-treatment of a child
  • Neglect of a child
  • An offence under section 43B (failure to protect) or section 316A (failure to report) of the Crimes Act 1900; and
  • Behaviour that causes significant emotional or psychological harm to a child.

The College requires you to report any concern you may have about the safety, welfare or wellbeing of a child or young person directly to the Headmaster immediately, including if you are unsure about whether a matter is one of child protection. This covers complaints or allegations of staff misconduct or reportable conduct. If unsure, still report.

You may also have an obligation to report directly to the Department of Communities and Justice as a mandatory reporter.

 

CHILD PROTECTION RESOURCES/FILES (Available on the page)

Child Protection Policy & Manual

Providing a Culture of Safety at the College

Complaints Handling Flowchart

Complaints Handling Policy