Student Safety and Wellbeing - A Child-safe and SunSmart School

For our students to flourish academically and in all areas of their lives, it's important that they are happy and enjoy being at school. Their safety and physical and mental wellbeing are of paramount importance to 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 safety officers, Mr Mark Williamson and Ms Leonie Farrugia (pictured below), in person or by email: safety@assumption.vic.edu.au. We have other child safety officers whose names and contact details are available  by clicking here.

                    child safety officers

The college has counsellors (including psychologists) who are available to help students and their families. Our wellbeing team includes a paediatric occupational therapist, an educational psychologist and speech pathologist who are available for consultations, which may be eligible for Medicare rebates. Click here to discover their specialised skills.

There are some terrific online and phone resources if you need help and advice. Click here to check them out.

A well-recognised threat to wellbeing is the effect of bullying, and our anti-bullying initiatives are consistent with current approaches to promote positive mental health and flourishing in young people.

Bullying

Any student who is being bullied or who has seen bullying should speak to their house coordinator. If, however, for whatever reason they feel uncomfortable about this, they can email our child safety team safety@assumption.vic.edu.au to alert us to any behaviours at school or online that they believe are having a negative effect on themselves or another student.

Information for parents and guardians and others in the ACK community

As part of our commitment to ensuring a child-safe culture, we are running age-appropriate information sessions in our junior and senior school. Click here for a sample of a PowerPoint presentation that is being used.

Our staff have a thorough knowledge of the policies below which are integral to ensuring that the young people in our care always feel safe. To read these policies, click on the titles below:

 

 

 

 

Child Abuse - Definitions and Key risk Indicators

Staff and Students Professional Boundaries Policy

Child Protection and Safety Policy

Child Safety Code of Conduct

Staff Code of Conduct

Response to Bullying Policy

Anaphylaxis Management Plan

 

Ideally, if children are struggling emotionally they should talk to their parents or guardians who we encourage 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. Links to some outside resources are listed below.

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 house coordinators who will access other resources for support as necessary.