Child Safety

At St Angela’s Primary School, we acknowledge and understand that child safety is the responsibility of every person and is an integral aspect of student wellbeing. We aim to work collaboratively with parents, students and other community members to ensure a safe school environment.

Our commitment to the protection of students is based in our belief that each person is made in the image of God, and our ethos is to provide a safe and supportive environment. All students have the right to expect that the school will always act to protect them from any kind of harm.

We work under the Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Limited Guidelines and use their policies to guide the procedures that are implemented in our school.

Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Limited (DOSCEL) is committed to creating an environment where the safety, wellbeing and participation of all children and young people is paramount. 

  • zero tolerance to child abuse
  • listen to and empower children and young people
  • keep children and young people safe.

Child Safety | Child Friendly Policy

Child Protection

Protection of children and young people is based upon the belief that each person is made in the image and likeness of God, and that the inherent dignity of all should be recognised and fostered.

DOSCEL is committed to child protection strategies and procedures to ensure the care, safety and protection of all children and young people in Catholic schools in the Diocese and safeguarding children and young people against sexual, physical, psychological and emotional abuse and/or neglect.

Victorian Child Safe Standards

St Angela of the Cross is committed to implementing and embedding the Child Safe Standards and requirements of Ministerial Order No. 1359

Child Safe Standard 1  Establish a culturally safe environment in which the diverse and unique identities and experiences of Aboriginal children and young people are respected and valued

Child Safe Standard 2 – Child safety and wellbeing is embedded in organisational leadership, governance and culture

Child Safe Standard 3 – Children and young people are empowered about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously

Child Safe Standard 4 – Families and communities are informed, and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing

Child Safe Standard 5 – Equity is upheld and diverse needs respected in policy and practice

Child Safe Standard 6 – People working with children and young people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and wellbeing values in practice

Child Safe Standard 7 – Processes for complaints and concerns are child focused

Child Safe Standard 8 – Staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and young people safe through ongoing education and training

Child Safe Standard 9 – Physical and online environments promote safety and wellbeing while minimising the opportunity for children and young people to be harmed

Child Safe Standard 10 – Implementation of the Child Safe Standards is regularly reviewed and improved

Child Safe Standard 11 – Policies and procedures document how the organisation is safe for children and young people

Prevention and Response

Preventing and responding to child abuse requires a whole of community response to bring about broad cultural change. To this end, the Victorian Child Safe Standards apply to a broad range of organisations that provide services for children, including schools, churches, sporting clubs and youth services.

Ensuring we have child safe communities goes to the heart of our faith and core purpose. Therefore, we are dedicated to upholding the values and practices that create safe learning environments for students.

Reporting and Contacts

If you have any concerns or questions regarding Child Safety please contact our Child Safety Officers

Justin Greenwood principal@stangelawarragul.catholic.edu.au 

Rachael Williams rwilliams@stangelawarragul.catholi.edu.au

Phone: (03) 5622 9800

There are a number of supports available when responding to incidents, disclosures or suspicions of child abuse.

Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Limited

Industrial Relations / Human Resources

Child Protection Officer

24 Hour Services

Victoria Police: 000

DHHS Child Protection: 131 278

Other Services

Australian Childhood Foundation: 1800 176 453

BeyondBlue: 1300 224 636

Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA): 1800 806 292

Child Wise: 1300 CHILDWISE

Commission for Children and Young People: 1300 782 978

eHeadspace: 1800 650 890

Kids First: (03) 9450 0900

Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800

Lifeline: 13 11 14

MensLine Australia: 1300 787 978

Office of the eSafety Commissioner: 1800 880 176

Safe Steps: 1800 015 188

Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation

Teams (SOCIT)

  • Southern Metropolitan - Dandenong: (03) 8769 2200
  • Eastern Victoria - Bairnsdale: (03) 5150 2677
  • Eastern Victoria - Morwell: (03) 5120 0351
  • Eastern Victoria - Wonthaggi: (03) 5671 4100
  • Eastern Victoria - Sale: (03) 5142 2200

Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA): (03) 9287 8800

Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation: (03) 9411 9411

1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732

Other Resources


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