Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Limited (DOSCEL) is committed to creating an environment where the safety, wellbeing and participation of all children and young people is paramount. DOSCEL's Commitment Statement to Child Safety affirms our commitment to:
zero tolerance to child abuse
listen to and empower children and young people
keep children and young people safe.
Protection of children and young people is based upon the belief that each person is made in the image and likeness of God, and that the inherent dignity of all should be recognised and fostered.
DOSCEL is committed to child protection strategies and procedures to ensure the care, safety and protection of all children and young people in Catholic schools in the Diocese and safeguarding children and young people against sexual, physical, psychological and emotional abuse and/or neglect.
Victorian Child Safe Standards
DOSCEL is committed to complying with Ministerial Order No. 870: Child Safe Standards - Managing the Risk of Child Abuse in Schools and School Boarding Premises, and following the Victorian Child Safe Standards.
Child Safety also considers the diversity of all children, including (but not limited to) the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, children with disability, and children who are vulnerable.
Prevention and Response
Preventing and responding to child abuse requires a whole of community response to bring about broad cultural change. To this end, the Victorian Child Safe Standards apply to a broad range of organisations that provide services for children, including schools, churches, sporting clubs and youth services.
Ensuring we have child safe communities goes to the heart of our faith and core purpose. Therefore, we are dedicated to upholding the values and practices that create safe learning environments for students.
Reporting and Contacts
There are a number of supports available when responding to incidents, disclosures or suspicions of child abuse.
Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Limited
24 Hour Services
Victoria Police: 000
DHHS Child Protection: 131 278
Southern Metropolitan - Dandenong: (03) 8769 2200
Eastern Victoria - Bairnsdale: (03) 5150 2677
Eastern Victoria - Morwell: (03) 5120 0351
Eastern Victoria - Wonthaggi: (03) 5671 4100
Eastern Victoria - Sale: (03) 5142 2200
PROTECT - Identifying and Responding to Student Sexual Offending
PROTECT - Identifying and Responding to All Forms of Abuse in Victorian Schools
FOUR CRITICAL ACTIONS FOR SCHOOLS Responding to Incidents, Disclosures and Suspicions of Child Abuse
Ministerial Order No. 870: Child Safe Standards - Managing the Risk of Child Abuse in Schools