Child Protection Code of Conduct (Qld)
The Marist College Ashgrove's Child Protection Code of Conduct clearly outlines expected standards of behaviour for all workers interacting with children and young people in our College environments, and the consequences if they fail to meet the College’s expectations. The College environments include both physical and online environments, as well as those outside the College’s grounds when College-related activities are occurring.
When individuals are clear about behavioural expectations, they are much more likely to act appropriately with each other and with children. When everyone is educated about the Child Protection Code of Conduct and the reasons it is so important to uphold, the College’s environments become much more transparent and people are accountable for their behaviour. Above all, a Child Protection Code of Conduct helps to protect children from harm. Our Child Protection Code of Conduct is published on our public website and College intranet.
The MSA Regional Director has approved and endorsed this Child Protection Code of Conduct.
This Code applies to:
- all staff, including non-teaching staff and temporary or casual staff;
- parents and carers;
- Third Party Contactors and service providers (including External Education Providers);
- Trustees of the Marist Brothers Trustees;
- teaching students on placement at the College; and
Expectations of Behaviours:
Marist College Ashgrove has the following expectations of behaviours and boundaries for all individuals interacting with children and young people within our College community.
This includes all teaching staff, non-teaching staff, Trustees of the Marist Brothers Trustees, Volunteers, Third Party Contractors, External Education Providers, parents/carers and students.
- Uphold Marist College Ashgrove's Child Protection Policy at all times.
- Comply with the College’s Staff and Student Professional Boundaries policy, and the Child Protection Behavioural Guidelines published by the College with respect to child protection.
- Behave as a positive role model to students.
- Promote the protection, safety and wellbeing of students.
- Be vigilant and proactive with regard to student safety and child protection issues.
- Provide age-appropriate supervision for students.
- Treat all students with respect.
- Promote the safety, participation and empowerment of students with a disability.
- Use positive and affirming language towards students.
- Encourage students to ‘have a say’ and then listen to them with respect.
- Respect cultural, religious and political differences.
- Help provide an open, safe and supportive environment for all students to interact, and socialise.
- Intervene when students are engaging in inappropriate bullying behaviour towards others or acting in a humiliating or vilifying way.
- Ensure as far as practicable that adults are not left alone with a child.
- Report any breaches of this Child Protection Code of Conduct.
- Report concerns about child safety to one of the College’s Child Protection Contact Officers and ensure that your legal obligations to report allegations externally are met.
- Where an allegation of child abuse or grooming is made, ensure as quickly as possible that the student involved is safe.
- Call the Police on 000 if you have immediate concerns for a student's safety.
- Respect the privacy of students and their families and only disclose information to people who have a need to know.
- Engage in any form of inappropriate behaviour towards students or expose students to such behaviour.
- Use prejudice, oppressive behaviour or inappropriate language with students.
- Express personal views on cultures, race or sexuality in the presence of students or discriminate against any student based on culture, race, ethnicity or disability.
- Engage in open discussions of an adult nature in the presence of students.
- Engage in any form of sexual conduct with a student including making sexually suggestive comments and sharing sexually suggestive material.
- Engage in inappropriate or unnecessary physical contact or behaviours including doing things of a personal nature that a student can do for themselves, such as toileting or changing clothes.
- Engage in any form of physical violence towards a student including inappropriately rough physical play.
- Use physical means or corporal punishment to discipline or control a student.
- Engage in any form of behaviour that has the potential to cause a student serious emotional or psychological harm.
- Develop ‘special’ relationships with students that could be seen as favouritism (for example, the offering of gifts or special treatment for specific students).
- Engage in undisclosed private meetings with a student that is not your own child.
- Engage in inappropriate personal communications with a student through any medium, including any online contact or interactions with a student.
- Take or publish (including online) photos, movies or recordings of a student without parental/carer consent.
- Post online any information about a student that may identify them such as their: full name; age; e-mail address; telephone number; residence; school; or details of a club or group they may attend.
- Ignore or disregard any suspected or disclosed child abuse.
What does the MCA Child Protection Program include:
Our Child Protection Program includes a Staff and Student Professional Boundaries policy that provides detailed guidance for all staff and Volunteers on how to maintain professional boundaries between students and adults at Marist College Ashgrove.
Where a staff member breaches the Code, Marist College Ashgrove may take disciplinary action, including in the case of serious breaches, dismissal. Where any other member of the College community breaches any obligation, duty or responsibility within our Child Protection Code of Conduct, Marist College Ashgrove will take appropriate action.
Report Any Child Protection Concerns
All breaches and suspected breaches of the Marist College Ashgrove’s Child Protection Code of Conduct must be reported to the Headmaster, Deputy Headmaster or the MSA Association Council in its capacity as Marist College Ashgrove’s governing body.
Our Child Protection Program includes information for staff, Trustees of the Trustees of the Marist Brothers, Direct Contact Volunteers and Direct Contact Contractors as to how to identify key risk indicators of child abuse and how to report child abuse concerns to one of the College’s Child Protection Contact Officers.
It also contains detailed procedures with respect to the reporting of child abuse incidents to relevant authorities.
Indirect Contact Volunteers, Indirect Contact Contractors, External Education Providers, students, parents or other community members who have concerns that a child may be subject to abuse are asked to contact one of the College’s Child Protection Contact Officers.
Communications will be treated confidentially on a ‘need to know basis’.
In addition to our broad expectations for child safe behaviour in all College environments, the College has developed a comprehensive:
Staff and Student Professional Boundaries policy;
Behavioural Guidelines relating to specific aspects of interactions with children and young people.
WHENEVER THERE ARE CONCERNS THAT A CHILD IS IN IMMEDIATE DANGER, THE POLICE SHOULD BE CONTACTED VIA 000.