St Bede’s Catholic College, as with all schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, is committed to providing a safe environment for students. Whilst we have a legal obligation to protect children, this commitment is central to our Catholic beliefs. All schools in NSW are required to meet the statutory obligations of legislation relating to child protection and schools in this diocese are required to uphold the policies and guidelines set out by the Catholic Schools Office.
At St Bede’s, we believe that all children have a right to a safe environment which is free from any form of abuse or harm. We believe that relationships between adults and children are governed by trust and Gospel values.
On 15 June 2013, The Child Protection (Working with Children) Regulation 2013 made under The Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 came into force. The Regulation applies to any person working in child related employment including both paid and volunteer work.
Close monitoring of work practices, tight entry requirements for visitors and contractors, and on-going professional development of staff are some of the ways that St Bede’s provides a safe environment for all students. Parents and students are encouraged to report any concerns to the College. The College is also obliged to report any family behaviour that would place the child at risk.
The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has an absolute and abiding commitment to promote the safety, welfare and wellbeing of all children. The agency known as Office of Safeguarding provides child protection services for all of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.