The Catholic school sets out to be a school for the human person and of human
persons. ‘The person of each individual human being, in his or her material and
spiritual needs, is at the heart of Christ’s teaching: that is why the promotion of the
human person is the goal of the Catholic school’.
(Congregation for Catholic education 1997, par. 9)
St Theresa’s School holds the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as a central and fundamental responsibility of Catholic education. This commitment is drawn from and inherent to the teaching and mission of Jesus Christ, with love, justice and the sanctity of each human person at the heart
of the Gospel.
St Theresa’s School has a universal expectation for the protection of children. It is resolutely committed to ensuring that all those engaged in Catholic education in our school promote the inherent dignity of children and young people and their fundamental right to be respected and nurtured in a safe school environment.
This is particularly so for the most vulnerable children, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and children with a disability.
St Theresa’s School has a moral, legal and mission-driven responsibility to create nurturing school environment where children and young people are respected, their voices are heard and where they are safe and feel safe. If allegations of abuse concerning children and young people are raised, St Theresa’s
School will take prompt action to have these appropriately referred and investigated. St Theresa’s School is committed to effective practices in child safety and identifying and responding to child harm. St Theresa’s School will strive for continual improvement that is responsive to emerging thinking, evidence and practice, so as to eliminate the possibility of abuse occurring in the first place.