Child Safety

St George's abides by a set of school policies to ensure it is a child-safe school - and the Anglican Schools Commission (ASC) has set policies that apply to all its schools.

Child Protection Curriculum

The Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum is a child-safety program for children and young people which has been implemented from Year 7 to Year 12 at St George's.

The aim of The Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum is to teach all children from a young age, in an age appropriate way, to: 

  • Recognise abuse and tell a trusted adult about it
  • Understand what is appropriate and inappropriate touching
  • Understand ways of keeping themselves safe.

The themes are: 

  • We all have the right to be safe
  • We can help ourselves to be safe by talking to people we trust

The focus areas are: 

  • The right to be safe
  • Relationships
  • Recognising and reporting abuse
  • Protective strategies
Elements within this framework include:
  1. Child safety is embedded in institutional leadership, governance and culture
  2. Children participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously
  3. Families and communities are informed and involved
  4. Equity is promoted and diversity respected
  5. People working with children are suitable and supported
  6. Processes to respond to complaints of child sexual abuse are child focused
  7. Staff are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children safe through continual education and training
  8. Physical and online environments minimise the opportunity for abuse to occur
  9. Implementation of child safe standards is continuously reviewed and improved, and
  10. Policies and procedures document how the institution is child safe.

This translates to a zero tolerance policy for bullying. Staff are trained and resources available to address common (and uncommon) issues that students may face during their teenage years – particularly when it comes to mental health issues.

Our community is committed to being a safe, inclusive space for all and we expect everybody – from teaching and support staff to students and parents - to work together to keep our students safe, upholding their personal development and wellbeing at all times.