Child Safety

Helena College is a Child Safe School, committed to protecting children and young people from all forms of abuse. We have a zero tolerance stance on child abuse and remain committed to acting in our student’s best interests to always keep them safe from harm.

Our commitment to child safety is demonstrated through the implementation of robust policies and procedures designed to prevent, identify, and report instances of child abuse. 

The wellbeing of children and young people in our care will always be our priority and as such we are committed to providing the necessary resources to ensure compliance with all relevant child protection laws and regulations and to maintain a safe and supportive environment. 

Further details about our Child Safe policies and procedures are provided below:

Child Safety Framework

Helena College has adopted the following 10 National Principles for Child Safe Organisations:

  1. Child safety and wellbeing is embedded in organisational leadership, governance, and culture.
  2. Children and young people are informed about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously.
  3. Families and communities are informed and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing. 
  4. Equity is upheld and diverse needs respected in policy and practice.
  5. People working with children and young people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and wellbeing values in practice. 
  6. Processes to respond to complaints and concerns are child focused. 
  7. Staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and awareness to keep children and young people safe through ongoing education and training.
  8. Physical and online environments promote safety and wellbeing while minimising the opportunity for children and young people to be harmed. 
  9. Implementation of the national child safe principles is regularly reviewed and improved. 
  10. Policies and procedures document how the organisation is safe for children and young people. 

Child Safeguarding

All child safety incidents or concerns should be reported to the Principal, Mr Peter Coombes, All reports are treated confidentially. 

Child Protection Officers

We have eleven staff members across the Darlington and Glen Forrest Campuses nominated as Child Protection Officers within the College. These staff members have undertaken specialised training with respect to child safety and should be the first point of contact for reporting child protection issues: 

Campus Name Email
Andrew Barclay
Rebecca Bol
April Ledger
Kellie Sorensen
Greg Miller
Glen Forrest
Shane Gray
Glen Forrest
Tim Hayward
Glen Forrest
Thea O'Keeffe
Glen Forrest
Di Parker
Glen Forrest
Deanne Wright
Glen Forrest
Matt Zarb

Useful Resources

The following external services can provide you with support and further information:

Healing Historical Harm

Helena College condemns child sexual abuse and recognises the devastating impacts it has on those affected. As part of our ongoing commitment to child safety, we will acknowledge and support any former students who were harmed while in the care of the College. 

If you require additional information on how Helena College responds to reports of historical harm,  or wish to to report historical cases of abuse, please contact to the Principal, Mr Peter Coombs, All communication regarding historical cases will be responded to with confidentiality and care.  Counselling support and advice on making a report is also available.