The EREA Trustees and Boards of each EREA governing body hold the safety and wellbeing of all children, young people and enrolled adults as the organisation’s highest priority.

 

The EREA Trustees make the following Commitment:

TEREA Commitment to Child Safety Safeguarding

 

EREA publicly acknowledges and apologises for past sexual abuse of children in our schools. Our full apology is here:

EREA Apology to Victims and Survivors of Sexual Abuse – 2017

Renewing our Apology to Victims & Survivors of Sexual Abuse – 2023

 

EREA has no tolerance for child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns are responded to as a priority and consistent with our robust Safeguarding policies and procedures, and in compliance with the relevant jurisdictional obligations, the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards, and the public Apology to the victims/survivors of abuse. Furthermore, EREA’s policies and procedures have been developed with consideration of the findings Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. EREA is wholly committed to the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.

 

Each EREA governing body is responsible for Child Safety and Safeguarding:

– EREA Colleges Ltd (Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and ACT);

– EREA Flexible Schools Ltd (Queensland, South Australia, NSW, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory and ACT);

– EREA NSW Colleges Ltd;

– EREA St Kevin’s College Ltd and;

– EREA Victorian Schools Ltd (Victorian Colleges and Flexible Schools) under the TEREA Board pending Change of Proprietorship

 

The CEO and Child Safety staff of each governing body are accountable to their Board for:

– compliance with all relevant state and territory legislation and regulations

– accountability and governance structures that ensure children, young people and enrolled adults are safe and free from harm

– culture and practices that proactively safeguard students.

 

Who to contact:

– If a child is in immediate danger, contact 000 or your local Police

– If you have concerns or information about the safety or wellbeing of a student in an EREA school or entity, please contact the Principal directly

– If you or someone you know has been harmed or adversely affected by an EREA employee or volunteer, or if you need additional support with a school matter, please contact the relevant governing body representative from the following list:

EREA Colleges Ltd (Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania):

safeguardingcolleges@erea.edu.au

EREA Flexible Schools Ltd (Queensland, South Australia, NSW, Western Australia, Tasmania, Northern Territory and ACT):

safeguarding@ereafsn.edu.au

EREA NSW Colleges Ltd:

safeguardingnsw@erea.edu.au

EREA St Kevin’s College Ltd:

childsafetyofficer@stkevins.vic.edu.au

EREA Victorian Schools Ltd (Colleges and Flexible Schools)

safeguardingvic@erea.edu.au