St Stephen’s School is committed to providing education and care to children and young people to assist them to develop into high-achieving, supported students, positively connected to each other and to the communities in which they live and which they will serve.
The School is committed to ensuring the safety, welfare and wellbeing of all children and young people at the School.
We are dedicated to protecting them from abuse and grooming by implementing robust policies and procedures to deter this and facilitate detection and reporting at the School.
At St Stephen’s School we have zero tolerance for child abuse and grooming. The School regards its child protection responsibilities with the utmost importance and as such is committed to providing the necessary resources to ensure compliance with all relevant child protection laws and regulations and to maintain safe and supportive School physical and online environments for all children and young people.
St Stephen’s School follows the 10 National Principles for being a Child Safe Organisation below:
- Child safety and wellbeing is embedded in organisational leadership, governance and culture.
- Children and young people are informed about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously.
- Families and communities are informed and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing.
- Equity is upheld and diverse needs respected in policy and practice.
- People working with children and young people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and wellbeing values in practice.
- Processes to respond to complaints and concerns are child focused, easily accessible and used by children, young people and whole School community.
- Staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and young people safe through ongoing education and training.
- Physical and online environments promote safety and wellbeing while minimising the opportunity for children and young people to be harmed.
- Regularly review and improve the implementation of the child safe principles.
- Policies and procedures document how the School is safe for children and young people.
Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum
St Stephen’s School delivers the “The Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum” child safety program for children and young people from the age of three to Year 12.
The aim of this curriculum is to teach all children from a young age, in an age-appropriate way, to:
- Recognise abuse and tell a trusted adult about it
- Understand what is appropriate and inappropriate touching
- Understand ways of keeping themselves safe
The themes are:
- We all have the right to be safe
- We can help ourselves to be safe by talking to people we trust
The focus areas are:
- The right to be safe
- Recognising and reporting abuse
- Protective strategies
Child Safeguarding: who to speak to if you have a concern
All child safety incidents or concerns should be reported to the Head of Campus or Principal. These reports are treated confidentially.
St Stephen’s School has also appointed a number of Child Safety Officers who are able to advise and assist in situations involving child safety incidents or concerns.
If you have any concerns contact one of the following Child Safety Officers:
Hannah Lockwood-Jones, Deputy Head of Primary (K-2): firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Johnston, Deputy Head of Primary (3-6): email@example.com
Russell Gilchrist, Deputy Head of Secondary (Care): firstname.lastname@example.org
Stuart Gale, Dean of Carana: email@example.com
Phil Timms, Dean of Timae: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicola Resta, Dean of Alethea: email@example.com
Sue Libbis, Dean of Year 7: firstname.lastname@example.org
Isabelle Pilote, Deputy Head of Primary: email@example.com
Sarah Stockton-Rice, Deputy Head of Secondary: firstname.lastname@example.org
Suzy Mettam, Dean of Parresia: email@example.com
Craig Thomas, Dean of Charis: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Batten, Dean of Makaria: email@example.com