Student Safety at St Patrick’s School
One of the most important concerns of our school community is the health, safety and wellbeing of our students. St Patrick's School has a number of specific child protection responsibilities which are detailed in the Student Protection Processes and Guidelines, available on the Toowoomba Catholic Schools Website along with other information for parents and caregivers: https://www.twb.catholic.edu.au/parents-and-community/student-protection/
Our staff members receive comprehensive training in our procedures through an initial induction process, complemented by ongoing annual training as part of our professional development processes.
St Patrick’s School also implements the Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy, as prescribed by the legislative requirements under the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000, which includes Blue Card checks and monitoring processes that ensure that staff members and volunteers have undergone suitability checks to work with children. Should you wish to learn more about the Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy, please contact the school though our Administration Office.
In addition to all staff being trained in student protection, we also have two staff members specially trained to assist with student protection concerns. These ‘School Student Protection Contacts’ (SSPCs) are displayed on posters around the school.
Our SSPC’s are:
Students can speak to these staff members if they have any worries about their own safety or wellbeing, or that of a classmate.