Child Protection Week

This week is Child Protection week. Child Protection Week is a national event held during the first full week of September. Child Protection Week’s focus is child protection being everyone’s business and ensuring that all across Queensland communities take responsibility for children being protected and experiencing wellbeing.

This week our school participated in Australia’s Biggest Child Safety lesson on Tuesday. Copies of these lessons are available on to the Daniel Morcombe Foundation website Australia’s Biggest Child Safety Lesson | Daniel Morcombe Foundation.

In the early years, the lesson touched on the names of body parts including private parts and personal safety. In the upper years, the lesson focused on our personal boundary markers and how to communicate if a person is breaking your boundary and the correct names for our body parts. Both lessons spoke to the students about having at least 5 trusted adults that you can speak to if you feel unsafe. Afterwards I spoke to the children about names of adults that they can speak to if they feel unsafe at school. I strongly encourage you to continue speaking to the students about their personal safety and the right to feel safe at all times.

In Brisbane Catholic Education the desire to protect children and young people is based upon the belief that each person is made in the image of God and that the inherent dignity of all should be recognised and fostered. For us, making the school a place of safety, a nurturing community of care, is an essential part of our ethos and underpins our commitment to the protection of students. We strive to ensure a culture where we all acknowledge and understand that student protection is the responsibility of everyone. Important in developing this culture is the education of our students about personal safety strategies and a focus by our schools on the safety and wellbeing of students being at the centre of every preventative and protective action they take. We believe that student protection is an integral part of student wellbeing and that this focus can inspire hope and a positive vision for the future for our students.

The Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Regulation 2001 has a requirement that non-State schools in Queensland nominate at least "two stated staff members to whom students can report the inappropriate behaviour of staff members which the student thinks is inappropriate". (Section 10(4))

All Principals in Brisbane Catholic Education schools have been named as the first Student Protection Contact (SPC) in their school. Each principal must ensure that there is at least one other staff member nominated as the other school SPC to whom students and staff can report any suspected harm/likely harm or staff inappropriate behaviour towards a student. At St James Primary School the Student Protection Contacts are: Rachelle Gibson (Principal) and Angela Bromfield (Guidance Counsellor). Posters are up and around the school and students are reminded about this throughout the year.

If you have any questions about Child Protection and procedures at Brisbane Catholic Education, please do not hesitate to contact me.

​Rachelle Gibson - Principal