Catholic schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle are committed to providing safe environments for students. Whilst we have a legal obligation to protect children, this commitment is central to our Catholic beliefs. All schools in NSW are required to meet the statutory obligations of legislation relating to child protection and schools in this diocese are required to uphold the policies and guidelines set out by the Catholic Schools Office.
At St Paul’s, we believe that all children have a right to a safe environment which is free from any form of abuse or harm. We believe that relationships between adults and children are governed by trust and our foundational Catholic values.
The Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 applies to any person working in child-related employment including both paid and volunteer work. All people in paid employment or voluntary working at St Paul's are required to have a Working With Children Check number. This also applies to tradespeople coming onto the grounds during the school day.
Please ensure that you have this documentation and that it is up to date if you are volunteering in our school.
Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle Reporting Policy
Parents can report any concerns they have for a student, or group of students, to our principal, assistant principal or directly to Zimmerman Services (Ph. 4979 1390, Mon-Fri 08:30 to 5pm). The Diocese’s reporting policy and procedures are available to everyone on the Diocesan website: Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle Reporting Child Protection Concerns.
Parents are entitled to contact Zimmerman Services directly about any concerns they have about the safety, welfare or wellbeing of a child or if they are concerned that the school is not addressing allegations of reportable conduct or abuse. (Ph. 4979 1390, Mon-Fri, 08:30 to 5pm).