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Catholic Education Tasmania believes that children and young people have a fundamental right to be respected, nurtured, cared for, and that every child and young person is entitled to be educated in a safe environment.

CET has zero tolerance for abuse, harm and neglect and is committed to the protection of children and young people from all forms of abuse, harm and neglect.

CET is committed to the alignment of its child safety program with the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.

CET is an organisation which consciously and systematically:

  • Places children and young person’s safety and well-being at the centre of its thoughts, values and actions.
  • Emphasises genuine engagement with and valuing of children and young people.
  • Implements measures and initiatives that reduce the likelihood of harm to children and young people.
  • Deploys fit-for-purpose processes for the raising of concerns and the identifying of behaviours that could cause harm to children and young people.
  • Responds in a prompt manner to concerns, disclosures, allegations or suspicions of harm.

It is CET policy that:

  • Staff and other CET workers take a preventative, proactive and participatory stance on child safety issues.
  • Schools develop and maintain open and inclusive cultures where the safety and well-being of children and young people is of primary importance.
  • CET school environments and workplaces are child safe, and people are held to account for their conduct in accordance with relevant CET policies, codes of conduct and supporting guidelines.
  • Staff and other CET workers undertake training to enable them to understand their child safety responsibilities with respect to:
    • Identifying and taking appropriate action to protect children from harm.
    • Mandatory reporting.
  • Schools have processes and practices in place for staff and other CET workers to respond to, report and appropriately manage:
    • Concerns about a child’s welfare.
    • Disclosures and allegations of child abuse, harm and neglect.
    • Disclosures and allegations of worker misconduct.
    • Notifications to the CET Child Safety Officer external agencies.

The following presentation provides further information for parents, volunteers and coaches. 

Please click the on the left or right of the presentation to navigate through. An audio version is currently in production.

For more information on CET’s child safety requirements, processes and practices please access the following guidance:

Child Safe Behaviours and Boundaries

Child Safety Guidance for Contractors and Consultants

Mandatory Reporting Guidance

Working with Vulnerable People Registration Guidance