Child Protection and Safety Policy

Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Limited (DOSCEL) schools are committed to complying with Ministerial Order 870: Child Safe Standards – Managing the Risk of Child Abuse in Schools and School Boarding Premises (amended by Ministerial Order No. 1324), and following the Victorian Child Safe Standards.

DOSCEL employees therefore have a duty of care to students during school operating hours and at other times when an employee/student relationship exists. Employees fulfil this duty by taking reasonable care to avoid acts or omissions which they can reasonably foresee would be likely to result in harm or injury to a student.

Protecting children is everyone’s responsibility – parents, communities, governments and business all have a role to play. In Victoria, a joint protocol exists to protect the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, involving:

  • the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing - Child Protection;

  • the Department of Education and Training;

  • licensed children’s services; and

  • Victorian schools, including Catholic schools.