Cannon Hill Anglican College recognises that protecting students from harm and the risk of harm is fundamental to maximising their personal and academic potential. For this reason the welfare and best interest of our students will always be a primary consideration.
The College has in place a comprehensive Student Protection Policy which is regularly articulated to staff and students. This policy covers the actions to be taken if a student, member of staff or parent becomes aware or reasonably suspects that harm or likely harm has been done to a student of the College by other staff, people outside the school or by other students. The policy also includes what action students can take if they are not feeling safe. This is articulated in the Student Diary (page 25) and can also be accessed via the website.
The Student Protection in Anglican Schools Policy and The Student Protection in Anglican Schools Procedures were reviewed and updated in February 2018. Along with the Protocol for Dealing with Complaints of Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault or Sexually Inappropriate Behaviour, these documents can be found on the College website and hard copies are held at Student Reception (Primary and Secondary). Parents are welcome to access them at any time.
The Anglican Schools Office along with the Office of Professional Standards, Anglican Church Southern Queensland have prepared resources to assist parents and staff to understand these changes and the implications for families and the College.
I would also like to draw your attention to two further documents. Firstly, the Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy which has been developed by the College to help identify potential risks of harm to children and young people and to implement strategies to minimise these risks. A well-developed strategy will assist the College to achieve its objectives by providing a clear and consistent framework to guide and support all members of the College community. The Strategy was reviewed in 2017 and is available on the College website.
The second document I would like to mention is new, having been developed by the Anglican Schools Commission in September, 2018. The Safeguarding our Students – Guide for Parents and Students provides our community with information on key definitions and concepts, child protection reporting processes and options for referring families to local support services. It too is available on the College website for parents and students to access.
If you require further information, please contact the College’s Student Protection Officers. They are:
Mr Dave Pavish, Assistant Principal (07 3896 0440)
Mrs Meggy Delaunay, College Psychologist (07 3896 0441)
Mrs Desiree Duvenage, Teacher Life and Faith (07 3896 0418)
Mr Rob Hawkin, Teacher ITD (07 3896 0483)
Mrs Elizabeth Chaplain, Director of Primary (07 3906 2752)
Mrs Anita Spencer, Acting Deputy Director of Primary (07 3906 2742)
Mr Chris Williams, Teacher Primary (07 3906 2750)