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A fair go for every child

Catholic Education Tasmania believes that every child deserves to be educated and cared for in a safe environment, and in a manner that optimises their opportunities to grow and develop to reach their full potential.


“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.” - Jeremiah 29:11


Catholic education is focused on the formation of the whole person in line with the heart of Christ’s teachings. To support children to develop into the whole person that they are called to be in Christ, student safety and wellbeing must be at the forefront of our minds.

The protection of children has been in the spotlight recently with last week being NAPCAN’s 2021 National Child Protection Week (NCPW). Sporting the slogan of ‘Every child, in every community, needs a fair go,’ NCPW is focused on creating a healthier, fairer Australia for all children.

As we fully transition into a digital world, our children are increasingly exposed to new and changing risks online. Ninety-seven per cent¹ of households with children under 5-14 have access to the internet, while most children in this age bracket spend at least 10 hours a week participating in screen-based activities².

As parents and educators, it is our job to take responsible action and demonstrate how we can all work together to keep kids safe online and offline.

Responsible Action’ is the theme of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s National eSmart Week which was also held last week. National eSmart Week sets out to create awareness and identify solutions for schools when it comes to the issues of online safety, bullying, and student wellbeing.

Throughout the week a number of teachers in Catholic schools spent time discussing these themes with their students, adapting content from eSmart Week's activity book to explore the topic of online safety.

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Catholic Education Tasmania acknowledges the important role that these initiatives play in bringing awareness to child safety issues and contributing to our goal of creating child-safe communities.

To find out more about how Catholic Education Tasmania is committed to keeping our children safe, take a look at the links below:

¹ https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/people/people-and-communities/participation-selected-cultural-activities/latest-release

² https://www.abs.gov.au/articles/kids-clock-10-or-more-hours-screen-time-week

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