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​​​​Student Protection at Our Lady of Dolours School

​Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy​


Our Lady of Dolours School Child and Youth Management Strategy​   [Reviewed October 2017]​

At Our Lady of Dolours we strive to ensure a culture where all acknowledge and understand that student protection is the responsibility of everyone. We are committed to ensuring our students are safe and protected from harm. Appropriate and responsive interventions can provide hope to, and foster resilience in students who may be at risk by protecting them from harm and supporting their healing. Safety, security and nurture are fundamental human rights and needs. These rights and needs underpin students’ capacity for learning and maximize potential for personal development ultimately enhancing their well being and life opportunities.

The Student Protection Processes for Our Lady of Dolours School has been produced to ensure that appropriate responses are made whenever matters of student protection concern come to the attention of staff. The processes laid down are intended to ensure that the steps taken at all levels will result in prompt, professional, sensitive and appropriate action being taken by our school and at the Brisbane Catholic Education Office. The processes also conform to relevant legislative and church requirem​​ents.

Please note: The Student Protection Processes may be found below and in hard copy in our school library. Please see Library staff if you wish to have a copy.

Legislation Changes
There have been some recent changes to legislation in relation to reporting of student protection matters by schools.

Reporting of Concerns 
At Our Lady of Dolours School any concerns or reasonable suspicions we have about a student’s safety and wellbeing or the behaviour of a staff member or volunteer which a student considers to be inappropriate, will continue to be managed in accordance with Brisbane Catholic Education Student Protection Processes. All our staff have undertaken training on their reporting responsibilities. A link to the Brisbane Catholic Education Student Protection Processes can be found here​.

Complaints Procedure
Brisbane Catholic Education has published a Complaints Procedure for Non-Compliance with BCE Student Protection Processes.

Parents or students may make a complaint via the Record of Complaint about Non-compliance with Brisbane Catholic Education Student Protection Processes which can be accessed here. We take all complaints very seriously and will handle them in accordance with the Complaints Procedure for Non-Compliance with BCE Student Protection Processes. Should you require information or assistance regarding the procedures you may contact the school or the Brisbane Catholic Education Student Protection Team on 3033 7409.

Family and Child Connect Services
The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, has now established Family and Child Connect services to provide support to families. Please make contact with the school if you feel your family may benefit from contact with a Family and Child Connect Service or a local support service.

Concerns or Further Information
Parents and students should talk to the Student Protection Contact, the class teacher or the Principal if there are any concerns about the safety and wellbeing of any student or concerns about the behaviour of a staff member or volunteer. We take all reports seriously and will handle them in accordance with our Student Protection Processes.

Please contact the Principal or Student Protection Contact if you have any questions or concerns about any matter or require further information about student protection. A broch​ure is available for all families with more information about Student Protection and everyone’s responsibilities at Our Lady of Dolours.

Student Protection Contacts
Our school has three Student Protection contacts:
  1. Mr Brett Kitchener (Principal)
  2. Mrs Marie-Louise Stolberg (APRE)
  3. Ms Melissa Ford​ (Guidance Counsellor)
We are supported by the Brisbane Catholic Education Student Protection Team. Our BCE Student Protection Officer is Vicki Holding.

Volunteers and Student Protection
Volunteers play a significant role within our school and form part of the school community by assisting in providing the optimal learning environment for students. All volunteers are required to know vital information as it pertains to student protection and complete the relevant online training. The Volunteer Code of Conduct is a valuable sources of information so volunteers can understand their responsibilities in the protection of our students.​