Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) is committed to creating an environment where the safety, wellbeing, and participation of all children and young people is paramount.
We have zero tolerance of child abuse and all allegations and safety concerns are treated very seriously in line with our robust policies and procedures. EREA and its schools have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow rigorously.
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.
EREA Child Safeguarding Standards Framework
EREA has responded 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.
The EREA Child Safeguarding Standards Framework is designed to further enhance a culture within each of our schools wherein protecting children and young people from abuse and other harm, and the promotion of child safety, participation, empowerment and wellbeing is embedded in the everyday thinking and practice of leaders, staff and volunteers.
The purpose and intent of the Standards contained in this Framework is to embed a culture of child safety and wellbeing by demonstrating values in practice; nurturing the wellbeing of all children and young people, respecting their dignity, ensuring their safety and protecting them from abuse and other harm. This we do by at all times acting in the best interests of children and young people under our care.
EREA’s Child Safeguarding Standards are closely aligned to those established by Catholic Professional Standards Limited, which are applicable to all Catholic Church entities throughout Australia, especially those relevant to schools.
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.