Creating a safe school environment
Protection for children and young people is of paramount importance and Anglican Schools are required to follow the Diocesan policy.
Anglican Schools have a responsibility placed upon them by Gospel values. They are bound by Christian, legal and professional obligations to provide spiritual and educational opportunities within a safe and protective environment and, when matters of concern arise, having in place a procedure for reporting inappropriate behaviour, harm or sexual abuse.
Therefore, St Paul’s School and the Anglican Diocese have established formal policies and procedures which are available via Parent Lounge.
All complaints of child sexual abuse and sexual misconduct are taken very seriously. If you are a current student, or the parent of a current student, and you wish to make a complaint or seek assistance, you can contact one of our School’s Student Protection Officers or the Headmaster, Dr Paul Browning. If you are a past student and wish to make a complaint or seek assistance/information, please phone the Director of Professional Standards of the Anglican Church Southern Queensland, Greg Milles on 1800 242 544. Further information for past students is also available at the Anglican Church Southern Queensland.
For further information about child protection procedures and policies, please refer to the documents listed below.
The School has adopted the “Student Protection in Anglican Schools Policy and Procedures” and has signed the following “Student Protection Officers details template” accordingly. The School’s appointed Student Protection Officers are the School’s two School Counsellors (Mrs Karen Semple & Ms Amanda Pashen), the Director of Junior School (Mrs Marianne Connolly) and the Head of Sport Development (Mr Tim Hughes). Mrs Semple, Ms Pashen and Mr Hughes are located in the School’s Wellbeing Centre; and Mrs Connolly is located in the Junior School.
The Anglican Church of Australia – Diocese of Brisbane has prepared the following three documents, and they are adhered to by St Paul’s School:
The School website has a special page devoted to online issues including cybersafety and Digital Citizenship. This page is updated frequently with new information and resources. It also has “tried and true” websites regarding online safety and issues that can be used by parents, teachers or students.
Make sure to check this page for tips, hints, courses, information about school projects and much more. Find it here.
Employee and Volunteer Code of Conduct
The welfare and safety of students is our first priority. No interruption should distract us from that priority. We have become aware over recent years of the very great responsibilities that are regularly entrusted to schools as they care for the students who participate in the programs that have been set up to cater for them.
For many years parents/guardians have sent their children to school, confident that they will be cared for, nurtured and encouraged as they grow, and, at the same time, protected from harm, be it physical, mental or emotional.
We all have rights and responsibilities.
For more information please view our Code of Conduct for Anglican Schools and Education and Care Services (Staff and Volunteers).
Coaches, Tutors, Volunteers and Visitors
Coaches, Tutors, Volunteers and some Visitors are required to register (by completing this form) before commencing their services at St Paul’s School via the Volunteer Details form and submitted to the Risk and Compliance Officer.
An induction is required for coaches, tutors, volunteers and some visitors to Anglican Schools:
This provides key information to volunteers and visitors to the school relating to their student protection requirement, being:
- Recognising; and
The guide provides a self-assessment of understanding relating to the role of volunteer or visitor.
Statement of Commitment
Anglican Schools and Education & Care Services are committed to providing environments where children and young people receive the highest standard of care, where their rights are supported, and they have the opportunity to thrive and be fruitful. Such environments nurture and safeguard the intelligence, dignity, safety and wellbeing of each child or young person, by placing them at the centre of thought, values and actions.
As reflected in our Ethos, our vocation is education, driven by a vision of humanity, shaped by the image of God made visible in Jesus, present in every human being.
- Every child: made in the image and likeness of God.
- Every child: loveable and loved, unique and unrepeatable.
- Outstanding education for the flourishing of people and the good of community
Our faith is lived. We are hospitable and welcoming communities, who embody compassion, kindness, fairness, justice and love, and where exceptional pastoral care is practised.
Working and serving the best interests of children and young people is in everyone’s best interest. This is achieved through sustaining living and learning environments that are safe, supportive and stimulating. Specifically, we:
- place emphasis on genuine engagement with children and young people;
- create conditions that reduce the likelihood of harm to children and young people;
- create conditions that increase the likelihood of identifying harm; and
- respond to any concerns, disclosures, allegations or suspicions.
This commitment is sought to be consistently reflected through the decisions and behaviour of all persons within the School or Service, who are guided by effective governance, policies, tools and processes. This fosters a child safe culture, where acting in children and young people’s best interests is at the heart of what we do.