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
Students develop their own personal network of adults
Students are encouraged to talk to these people if they
feel unsafe at school or away from school.
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.
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 of Concerns
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.
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.
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.
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
contact the Principal or Student Protection Contact if you have any
questions or concerns about any matter or require further information about
All of the above documentation and forms can be accessed on Brisbane Catholic Education's public website www.bne.catholic.edu.au. 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)
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.