Child protection

Christ Church Grammar 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 and is dedicated to protecting them from abuse and grooming by implementing robust policies and procedures to deter abuse and grooming and facilitate detection and reporting at the School.

The School takes 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 learning and online environments for all children and young people.

Our teaching staff are required to:

  • have current registration with the Teachers Registration Board of Western Australia which includes a National Police Clearance prior to commencing
  • have a current Working with Children check (WWC)
  • sign an agreement to abide by the School’s Staff Code of Conduct
  • participate in Mandatory Reporting of Child Sexual Abuse, Grooming and Child Abuse Prevention training annually
  • behave professionally and with care towards children and young people
  • understand the important responsibility they have to protect children and young people from all forms of abuse, bullying and exploitation
  • create and maintain a child safe culture

Our support staff are required to:

  • obtain a National Police Clearance prior to commencing
  • have a current Working with Children check (WWC)
  • sign an agreement to abide by the School’s Staff Code of Conduct
  • maintain the highest standards of professional conduct towards children and young people
  • annually participate in the training concerning child protection

Christ Church Grammar School embraces diversity and is committed to meeting the needs of every boy in an environment where safety and respect for difference is paramount.

The School has adopted the following 10 National Principles for being a child safe organisation:

  1. a commitment to child safety and wellbeing is embedded in organisational leadership, governance and culture
  2. children and young people are informed about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously
  3. families and communities are informed and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing
  4. equity is promoted, and diversity is respected in policy and practice
  5. people working with children and young people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and wellbeing values in practice
  6. processes for complaints and concerns are responsive, understood, accessible and used by children, young people, families, staff and volunteers
  7. staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and young people safe through ongoing education and training
  8. physical and online environments promote safety and wellbeing while minimising the opportunity for children and young people to be harmed
  9. organisations regularly review and improve implementation of their child safety and wellbeing policies and procedures
  10. policies and procedures document how the organisation is safe for children and young people

The Child Protection Policy can be found here.

Reporting suspected child abuse

Teachers and select other staff have mandatory reporting obligations under the Children and Community Services Act 2004 (WA). They are required by law to make a mandatory report of child abuse when a belief, based on reasonable grounds, is formed that abuse is occurring or has occurred. This applies to staff working in a paid or unpaid capacity as a teacher, school nurse and/or boarding supervisor.

In cases where a former student (still under the age of 18), or the parent or guardian of a former student, makes an allegation about child sexual abuse at the School occurring before 2009, the Department of Communities – Child Protection Service is to be informed immediately.

An allegation involving a former student who is now aged 18 or over is reportable to the Police. In either case, the Principal must submit a Critical Incident report to the Director General, Department of Education and may also be required to notify the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia.

The Principal can be contacted at principal@ccgs.wa.edu.au.

Healing historical harm

The School recognises the devastating impacts and effects of child sexual abuse, and supports a system that allows applicants of child sexual abuse to seek redress/compensation.

Redress Framework

The National Redress Scheme started on 1 July 2018 and will run for 10 years. In March 2019, the School joined the National Redress Scheme which offers an independent, workable and non-adversarial option for applicants and importantly ensure choice for the applicants voice.

Applicant Liaison Coordinator

In 2019 the School created the role of Applicant Liaison Coordinator for anyone in our community who would like counselling or support about issues of child sexual abuse and/or historical harm. Registered Psychologists Kate Atkinson (9442 1749) and Michael Ralph (9442 1761) can be contacted between 9.00am and 3.00pm local time Monday to Friday.