Catholic schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle are committed to providing safe environments for students. We do have a legal obligation to protect children, but this commitment is central to our Catholic beliefs. All schools in NSW are required to meet the statutory obligations of legislation relating to child protection and schools in this Diocese are required to uphold the policies and guidelines set out by the Catholic Schools Office.
At St John Vianney, we believe all children have a right to a safe environment, free from any form of abuse or harm. We believe that relationships between adults and children are governed by trust and Gospel values.
All staff are trained in Child Protection Guidelines and are recognised as mandatory reporters.
On 15 June 2013, The Child Protection (Working with Children) Regulation 2013 made under The Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 came into force. The regulation applies to any person working in child-related employment including paid and volunteer work.
The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has an absolute and abiding commitment to promote the safety, welfare and wellbeing of all children. The agency known as Office of Safeguarding provides child protection services for all of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.