Child Safe Framework

The wellbeing and safety of all students is the highest priority for Catholic schools. At St Mary MacKillop College we are committed to child safety and leading and supporting a child safe culture for all our College and community.

Introduction to The Child Safe Framework

The Child Safe Framework at MacKillop

Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) Child Safe Framework comprises nine elements that together help our students and children to be and feel safe. St Mary MacKillop College promotes justice, particularly to those who are culturally, physically, intellectually, financially or spiritually disadvantaged.

Element Focus What this looks like at MacKillop
Responding to those who have been injured or hurt through abuse and harm, and assisting them to heal.
  • Access to the College Counsellors
  • Student Concern Portal
  • Wellness information on College Website
  • Pastoral approach of all staff.
This element recognises each child and young person’s right to be heard and to have a voice in all that happens to them.
  • Voice through the Student Representative Council
  • Student Concern Portal
  • Relationship through Homeroom and Class Teachers
School leaders understand, create and promote environments that are safe, supportive and engaging. They make their decisions based on the best interests of children and young people.
  • Teacher Code of Conduct
  • Parents and Our College (Parent Code of Conduct)
  • Our College Community (Student Code of Conduct)
All members of the school community share a responsibility for, and actively promote an environment that prioritises the best interests of children and young people.
  • Staff, Parent and Student Code of Conduct
  • Audits
  • Board and P & F consultation
  • Strategic Plan
These assist our schools and care centres to identify the most suitable people to work with children and young people and to provide appropriate training.
  • College Policies and Procedures
  • CEWA Policies and Procedures
  • Case management through teachers, Councillors, Learning Support, Heads of Year and Assistant Heads
Structures and processes that are accessible, consistent and transparent. Policies must be understood, implemented and actioned every day.
  • College Policies and Procedures available on either the Website or College Portal
  • Review of Policies by the College Leadership Team
The development and implementation of processes, starting with the effective management of complaints and concerns, that are transparent, fair and clearly understood by the community.
  • Complains Policy and processes on the Website.
  • Maintenance of a complains register
Proactively identifying and limiting potential risks in physical and online environments.
  • Completion of the College’s Risk Audit 2020
Systematic, continual improvement is evident through ongoing evaluation and assessment.
  • Annual Reviews to College and Board.
  • Registration Audit, NQS Verification and Cyclic Reviews
  • College Leadership Reviews

Situational Prevention

Situational prevention seeks to reduce opportunities for behaviour that presents risk to students.

At St Mary MacKillop College we enact a Code of Conduct that promotes positive work practices and establishes expectations for personal and professional boundaries concerning appropriate and inappropriate behaviour for staff, students, volunteers, parents and guardians, and visitors. There are clear procedures for raising concerns, facilitating discussion, and promoting professional behaviours and healthy relationships.

Our College meets registration standards and other compliance obligations, including Mandatory Reporting, Codes of Conduct for staff and students, protective behaviours curriculum, training for staff and students, and information for parents and carers.

We lead and support a mindset and practice of modelling healthy and respectful relationships to prevent problem behaviours and abuse.

The Catholic Education Western Australia Child Safe Framework is based on the latest research in child safety for institutions, is in support of best practice, and is consistent with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommendations.”