Cybersafety: Keeping Children Safe In A Connected World
This document provides schools with guidelines to assist us when sharing in the delights of young people learning online, while observing legislation, policies and practices that promote learning, protection and safety.
Wellbeing for Every Child – A Reminder
We know that happy children learn well and can adjust to life’s challenges in positive ways. All School staff and volunteers are mandatory notifiers meaning they are obliged by law to notify Families SA, if they suspect on reasonable grounds that a child or young person has been, or is being, abused and/or neglected. At Star of the Sea, Matt Perry and Damian Weeks are the contact people, especially for volunteers, who may need support with this process.
Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum
Throughout the year students will be engaging with the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum. The curriculum is an evidence based, best practice curriculum developed collaboratively with child protection specialists, teachers, educational leaders and other professionals. It covers a range of concepts including new additional material on contemporary issues such as bullying and cyber safety.
The curriculum is divided into 5 documents specific to the year level of the students plus 2 additional documents for educators working with students from cultural or linguistically diverse backgrounds and for students with a disability.
There are 2 main themes:
- We all have the right to be safe
- We can help ourselves to be safe by talking to people we trust
There are 4 focus areas:
- The right to be safe
- Recognising and reporting abuse
- Protective strategies
The Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum fits primarily within the Health and Physical Education learning area of the Australian Curriculum but can also be incorporated across other Learning Areas. Within the Health and Physical Education curriculum two focus areas Relationships and Safety outline the learning.
Additional information about the broader protection policies of Catholic Education SA can be found on their website: http://www.cesa.catholic.edu.au/our-schools/safe-environments-for-all
The website also includes links to online resources for parents and students on a range of topics including anxiety, depression, bullying and how to support your child.