Child Safe Code of Conduct

Purpose

This Code of Conduct has a specific focus on safeguarding children and young people at St Francis against sexual, physical, psychological and emotional abuse or neglect. It is intended to complement other professional and/or occupational codes.

All staff, volunteers, contractors, clergy and board/school council members at St Francis are expected to actively contribute to a school culture that respects the dignity of its members and affirms the Gospel values of love, care for others, compassion and justice.   They are required to observe child safe principles and expectations for appropriate behaviour towards and in the company of children. The following Code of Conduct provides guidance to our staff and volunteers in their role at St Francis Primary School, all of whom will receive training on the requirements of the Code.

Acceptable behaviours

All staff, volunteers, contractors, clergy and board/school council members are responsible for supporting the safety of children by:

Unacceptable behaviours

All staff, volunteers, contractors, clergy and board/school council members must not:

I, ______________________________________, confirm I have been provided with a copy of the above Code of Conduct.

Signed: ___________________________________        Date: __________

Review

The governing authority has contributed to and approved the policy and practise and has continuing oversight of planning and reviewing.

Initially Ratified:                May 2016

Reviewed:                        Feb 2018

Next Review:                        Jan 2019

Appendix 1

Definitions

The Ministerial Order provides the following definitions:

Child abuse includes—

Child-connected work means work authorised by the school governing authority and performed by an adult in a school environment while children are present or reasonably expected to be present.

Child safety encompasses matters related to protecting all children from child abuse, managing the risk of child abuse, providing support to a child at risk of child abuse, and responding to incidents or allegations of child abuse.

School environment means any physical or virtual place made available or authorised by the school governing authority for use by a child during or outside school hours, including:

School staff being: an individual working in a school environment who is: