St Therese’s holds the care and wellbeing of children and young people as a central and fundamental responsibility. The commitment is drawn from and inherent to the teaching and mission of Jesus Christ, with love, justice and the sanctity of each human person at the heart of the Gospel.
St Therese’s is resolutely committed to promoting the inherent dignity of children and young people and their fundamental right to be respected and nurtured in a safe school environment. This is particularly so for the most vulnerable children, including Aboriginal and Torre Strait Islander children, children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and children with disabilities.
When allegations of abuse concerning children and young people are raised, St Therese’s will take prompt action to have these appropriately referred and investigated. The fundamental issues of understanding effective practices in child safety and identifying and responding to child harm are paramount for our school. We will strive for continual improvement that is responsive to emerging thinking, evidence and practice, so as to eliminate the possibility of abuse occurring in the first place.
Creating a child-safe school environment is a dynamic process that involves active participation and responsibility by the school, our families and our community. It is marked by collaboration, vigilance and proactive approaches across policies, procedures, curriculum and practices.
Every person involved in St Therese’s has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all we do and every decision we make.
In accordance with requirements of the Victorian Government’s Ministerial Order No 870, St Therese’s Primary School maintains a culture of ‘no tolerance’ to child abuse.