Edmund Rice Education Australia is committed to creating an environment where the safety, wellbeing and participation of all children and young people is paramount.
EREA is committed to creating an environment where the safety, wellbeing and participation of all children and young people is paramount. It is our commitment to ensure that each and every child and young person under our care are kept safe and free from all forms of harm and abuse. Read the EREA Commitment Statement to Child Safety.
We have zero tolerance to child abuse in all its forms and all allegations and safety concerns are treated very seriously and consistent with our robust policies and procedures. Our response to concerns about a child’s or young person’s safety will be in keeping with our legal and moral obligations to contact relevant authorities when required. Read our Child Protection Policy and Pastoral Care Policy.
In furthering our commitment to the care and protection of children and young people, EREA insists that all employees throughout our network of schools and entities take personal responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of the children and young people under their care.
Their obligations are clearly articulated in EREA’s Code of Conduct with special reference to section 3, the Child Safe Code of Conduct. Breaches of the Code of Conduct are treated with the utmost seriousness following robust procedures and protocols.
In addition to the policies, procedures and the Code of Conduct, EREA is responding proactively to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse by developing a set of Child Safeguarding Standards. These standards further enhance EREA’s commitment to ensuring an ongoing culture of safety, protection and care in all of our schools and entities.
The EREA Child Safeguarding Standards ensure accountability for the protection and safety of the children and young people under our care. All EREA schools and entities are held accountable to the Child Safeguarding Standards and will regularly report to EREA on how these standards are being addressed. EREA’s Child Safeguarding Standards are closely aligned to those established by Catholic Professional Standards Limited applicable to all Catholic Church entities throughout Australia, especially those relevant to schools.
Safeguarding in EREA seeks to ensure children and young people, especially the vulnerable, are provided with the fundamental right to be kept safe and respected. This fundamental right is at the heart of what we value as expressed in our Charter. Learn more about the Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice tradition.
If you have concerns relating to the safety and wellbeing of a child or young person in our schools or entities, please contact the Principal in the first instance.