Student Protection

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At St. Benedict’s we teach children in all year levels the Feeling Safe Strategy. This is mandated by Brisbane Catholic Education and is an integral part of our student protection processes. Teachers use the ’Be a hero when it comes to your safety.’ posters to discuss the following key ideas regarding students’ personal safety:

  • We all have the right to feel safe all the time

  • Nothing is so awful that we can’t talk about it with someone

  • Students develop their own personal network of adults they trust

  • Students are encouraged to talk to these people if they feel unsafe at school or away from school.

The concept of persistence is stressed i.e. students are encouraged to keep talking until someone listens and something is done to help them feel safe again. All staff participates in student protection professional learning to assist them to understand their legal, policy and pastoral responsibilities and to respond appropriately to student protection concerns. All volunteers are also required to complete student protection training.​

The students of St. Benedict’s, and their safety and wellbeing, are our priority. St. Benedict’s is committed to the protection of all our students from harm and abuse.

​​​Reporting o​​​​​f Concerns

At St. Benedict’s, any concerns or reasonable suspicions we have about a student’s safety and wellbeing or the behaviour of a staff member or volunteer which a student considers to be inappropriate, will continue to be managed in accordance with Brisbane Catholic Education Student Protection Processes.

​​​Complaints Procedure

Brisbane Catholic Education has published a Complaints Procedure for Non-Compliance with BCE Student Protection Processes.  Parents or students may make a complaint via the Record of Complaint about Non-compliance with Brisbane Catholic Education Student Protection Processes. We take all complaints very seriously and will handle them in accordance with the Complaints Procedure for Non-Compliance with BCE Student Protection Processes. Should you require information or assistance regarding the procedures you may contact the school or the Brisbane Catholic Education Student Protection Team on 3033 7409.

​​Family and Child Connect Services

The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, has now established Family and Child Connect services to provide support to families. Please make contact with the school if you feel your family may benefit from contact with a Family and Child Connect Service or a local support service.

​​Concerns or Further Information

Parents and students should talk to the Student Protection Contact, the Principal or the class teacher if there are any concerns about the safety and wellbeing of any student or concerns about the behaviour of a staff member or volunteer. We take all reports seriously and will handle them in accordance with our Student Protection Processes.

Please contact the Principal or Student Protection Contact if you have any questions or concerns about any matter or require further information about student protection. 

All of the above documentation and forms can be accessed on Brisbane Catholic Education's public website  Under the 'Students and Parents' tab select 'Student Protection' from the drop down menu.

Our Student Protection Contacts are:

  • Patrick Davis (Principal)

  • Tim Cronin (Assistant Principal Administration)

  • Ellen Locke (Assistant Principal Religious Education)

  • Pam Sweeney (Guidance Counsellor)​​​​​​​

Student ​​​​Protection Training for Volunteers​

Each time you visit St Benedict's School to work as a volunteer, you are required to sign on as a volunteer.  A sign in/out book is located in the front foyer of the Office. ​Please remember to sign in via the Office before moving to other areas of the school. 

In responding to the Queensland Legislative requirements regarding Student Protection and Volunteer Training, we are mindful that becoming a volunteer in a school is now a complex process. Volunteers are highly valued here at St Benedict's and your role in helping at school is a very critical one to our daily life and the provision of high quality education to​ students. Please continue to volunteer within our community. The students benefit enormously, the staff appreciate and value your contributions and the Administration Team commend the many skills and incredible energy you give us as a volunteer. ​​

Brisbane Catholic Education require that all volunteers (parents, grandparents, etc) complete an online Student Protection and Parent Code of Conduct Course.  It takes about 30 minutes to complete and when completed you are asked to print out the Completion Form, complete it with your information and send to school.  It supersedes any previous ​training or forms and must be completed for you to assist us in any way – swimming, tuckshop, uniform shop, classroom assistance, fundraisers, Library assistance or any other time when you come to school to volunteer. 

If you have previously completed the training, you are required to complete the updated training and form. 

​​To locate the Code of Conduct Book and online course for volunteers, click here.

Please Note: Remember to send the completed form to school as soon as it is completed. Volunteers will be unable to assist, without completing this training.​​