Child Safe

Helena College is committed to providing education and care to children and young people to assist them to develop into high-achieving, supported students, positively connected to each other and to the communities in which they live and which they will serve.

The College is committed to ensuring the safety, welfare and wellbeing of all children and young people at the College and is dedicated to protecting them from abuse and grooming by implementing robust policies and procedures to deter abuse and grooming and facilitate detection and reporting at the College.

At Helena College, we have a zero tolerance for child abuse and grooming. The College regards its child safety responsibilities with the utmost importance and as such is committed to providing the necessary resources to ensure compliance with all relevant child protection laws and regulations and to maintain safe and supportive College physical and online environments for all children and young people.

Child Safe Code of Conduct

Child Safe Policy (2020)

Community Code of Conduct (2021)

Child safeguarding – Who to speak to if you have a concern

All child safety incidents or concerns should be reported to the Principal, principal@helena.wa.edu.au. These reports are treated confidentially.

Helena College has also appointed a number of Child Protection Officers. Our Child Protection Officers are able to advise and assist in situations involving child safety incidents or concerns.

Helena College has a comprehensive process for managing complaints.

Child Friendly Complaints Policy,

External Disputes and Complaints Resolution Policy

Child Protection Officers

Helena College is committed to the safety and happiness of our students.

If you have any concerns contact one of the following child protection officers:

Glen Forrest Campus

sgray@helena.wa.edu.au          thayward@helena.wa.edu.au      tokeeffe@helena.wa.edu.au

dparker@helena.wa.edu.au     dwright@helena.wa.edu.au     mzarb@helena.wa.edu.au

Darlington Campus

gmiller@helena.wa.edu.au          aledger@helena.wa.edu.au        rhunt@helena.wa.edu.au

Healing historical harm

Helena College recognises the devastating impacts and effects of child sexual abuse. Should any person wish to discuss a historical case of abuse they are encouraged to contact the Principal directly at principal@helena.wa.edu.au. Any communication regarding historical cases will be responded to with confidentiality and appropriate care.

Caring for former students

Where a former student (still under the age of 18), or the parent or guardian of a former student, makes an allegation about child sexual abuse at the School occurring before 2009, the Department of Communities – Child Protection Service is to be informed immediately.

An allegation involving a former student who is now aged 18 or over is reportable to the Police. In either case, the Principal must submit a Critical Incident report to the Director General, Department of Education and may also be required to notify the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia.

Where historical sexual abuse has occurred, the Principal will make personal contact with the former student or parent/caregiver. Counselling support and advice on how to make a formal complaint to WA police and any other relevant avenues will be offered.

Child Safety Framework

Helena College has adopted the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.  The National Principles collectively show that a child-safe organisation is one that creates a culture, adopts strategies and takes action to promote child wellbeing and prevent harm to children and young people.

A child-safe organisation consciously and systematically:

  • Creates an environment where children’s safety and wellbeing is the centre of thought, values and actions.
  • Places emphasis on genuine engagement with and valuing of children
  • Creates conditions that reduce the likelihood of harm to children and young people
  • Creates conditions that increase the likelihood of identifying any harm

Responds to any concerns, disclosures, allegations or suspicions of harm.

 


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