CHILD SAFETY

Our Wellbeing

St Anne’s has a strong commitment to the care, safety and wellbeing of all students in our school. We involve students when making decisions, we listen to them and respect what they have to say. Our belief is that:

Child Safety is everyone's responsibility

At St Anne’s Primary School we hold the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as a central and fundamental responsibility of our school. Our commitment is drawn from and inherent in the teaching and mission of Jesus Christ, with love, justice and the sanctity of each human person at the heart of the gospel (CECV Commitment Statement to Child Safety).

The Victorian government has introduced minimum Child Safe Standards into law to ensure organisations providing services for children create child safe environments. Our policies and procedures take into account relevant legislative requirements within the state of Victoria, including the specific requirements of the Victorian Child Safe Standards as set out in Ministerial Order No. 870.

There are seven minimum child safe standards with an overarching principle of inclusion which applies to each of the Standards. These standards cover the following:

  • Organisational culture of Child Safety
  • Child Safety Policy
  • Code of Conduct
  • Human Resources Practices
  • Responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
  • Reducing or removing risks of child abuse
  • Empowerment of children

The intention of these new Child Safe Standards is to make organisations, including schools, consider and address child abuse situations and risks in an integrated and proactive fashion. 

Key Policy Documents

St Anne's has formalised policies and procedure to respond to the new Ministerial Standard. These documents can be viewed from our Policies page.

Information relating to Catholic Education’s commitment to the new Ministerial Standards is also available on the CECV Child Safety website.

Should any member of our School community, including visitors to our school, have any queries in regard to the School’s policy or procedures, please make contact with either of the following personnel (the school’s Child Safety team) on (03) 98594116.

Principal: Greg James gjames@sannkewe.catholic.edu.au

Deputy Principal: Karen Coghlan kcoghlan@sannkewe.catholic.edu.au

Student Wellbeing Leader: Dee McDonnell dmcdonnell@sannkewe.catholic.edu.au

Religious Education Leader: Clare Bellio cbellio@sannkewe.catholic.edu.au

I have been a part of the St Anne's community since attending the school myself in 1989-1995 and I started teaching here in 2012. My mother, sister and brothers also attended this wonderful school spanning the years of 1960 - 2010, a total of 50 years. This school has always been a warm and welcoming community who encourage one another to learn collaboratively and respectfully. The teachers and students here show a real passion and enthusiasm towards their education and faith. I feel so lucky coming back to teach here in a supportive environment, it really feels like coming back to family! (Bronwyn)

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