Student Safety and Wellbeing - A Child-safe School

Success in life, particularly academically and socially occurs best when we feel safe and connected. Therefore a student’s safety and wellbeing are vitally important for us

Where Can I go for help?

We encourage any student who feels unsafe to confide in a trusted adult or contact the College's Child Protection Officers:

  • Doug Doherty – Deputy Principal - Student Wellbeing & Operations
  • Lee McKenzie – Deputy Principal - Staff, Staff Development & Community
  • Tamsin McCormack - Operations and Wellbeing  Leader - Kildare Campus
  • Kelly Murray - Operations and Wellbeing  Leader - St Paul's Campus
  • Megan Marks - Counsellor Kildare Campus
  • Rebecca McMahon - Counsellor Kildare Campus
  • Jo Slater - Counsellor St Paul’s Campus

You can contact them in person or by email.

The College Counsellors are available to help students and their families. 

Bullying

Bullying is a known threat to wellbeing. The College has a number of anti-bullying initiatives which are consistent with current approaches to promote positive mental health and resilience in young people.

Any student who is being bullied or who has seen bullying should speak to a teacher. This could be your  Homeroom Teacher or Learner Adviser, Year Level Learning Leader and Campus Welfare and Wellbeing Leaders. If, however, for whatever reason they feel uncomfortable about this, they can email any of the child protection officers to alert us to any behaviours at school or online that they believe has a negative effect on themselves or another student.

The Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV) is committed to ensuring the ongoing safety of children and young people and supporting Catholic school principals, staff and parents in providing a safe and nurturing school environment. As part of this commitment, the CECV is pleased to advise of the launch of the updated anti-bullying website Bullying. No Way!, managed by the Australian Government in partnership with the state, Catholic and independent education sectors.

Being Safe Online

At Lavalla Catholic College we promote the ideals of responsible digital citizenship. This incorporates exploring how to present a positive digital footprint as well as how to protect your self online. 

The internet has a wealth of resources for students and parents to access information and ideas to support these ideals. 

Student Wellbeing Hub

The wellbeing of our young people is of paramount concern for all us. Accordingly the Australian Government Department of Education and Training has developed the Student Wellbeing Hub, an online resource for teachers, parents and students. The site provides information on a range of student resilience and wellbeing topics along with classroom resources and interactive tools. The Student Wellbeing Hub is guided by the nine elements of the National Safe Schools Framework and has identified Wellbeing and Online Safety as key priorities for educators in the creation and maintenance of safe and supportive school communities.

 

Another resource available to support young people to have positive online experiences and seeks to empower all Australians to explore the online world safely is the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commission. The eSafety Commission website provides online safety education for children and young people, a complaints and reporting page for those who experience serious cyberbullying and an investigation service through the Online Content Scheme. I particular commend the iParent page which helps build parent understanding about the digital environment. It provides updated information on children’s technology-use and guidance for using safety settings on web-connected devices, tips for choosing movies and games and strategies for keeping young people safe online.

 

Further Information

Our staff have a thorough knowledge of our Child Protection Policies which are integral to ensuring that the young people in our care always feel safe. 

We always encourage that if children are struggling emotionally they should talk to their parents or guardians who are their primary carers and to normalise discussions about things that are bothering them. As well, we encourage them to help their children become familiar with available resources if they need someone different to speak to.

As the people who know their children best, we rely on parents' and guardians' knowledge to help support our work with them and welcome contact from them at significant times of concern, but also when things simply don’t feel right. The first point of call will usually be pastoral care teachers, but if the matter is particularly serious or sensitive, contact should be made with the Campus Welfare and Wellbeing Leaders who will access other resources for support as necessary.

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