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 Student Protection

Child Protection is everyone’s business

As adults we all have a responsibility to care for children and young people and to protect them from all forms of harm as well as to positively promote their welfare.

Brisbane Catholic Education seeks to continue its adherence to legislative requirements and duty of care to students by a commitment to the implementation of student protection strategies and procedures. 


The legal definition of ‘harm’

Harm is defined legally in the Education (Accreditation of Non-State Schools) Act and Regulations 2001, and the Child Protection Act 1999 as:

‘Harm caused to the student under 18 years is any detrimental effect of a significant nature on the student’s physical, psychological or emotional well- being.
It is immaterial how the harm is caused.’

Within a school there are four circumstances where harm can be caused to a student.


They are:
1. Harm to a student by a staff member or volunteer of the school.
2. Harm to a student by someone outside the school.
3. Harm by other students
4. Student self- harm



Reporting responsibilities

In any instance where you either become aware, or reasonably suspect harm to a student has occurred, or there is a risk of it occurring, you must report this as soon as possible to the principal or the school student protection contact (SPC). The SPC’s at Siena include:

Peter Donelan (Principal)
Jacqui Winmill (APRE)
Eric Ellems (APA)
Machelle Flowers-Smith (Guidance Counsellor)

Student Protection Processes.pdfStudent Protection Processes.pdf