Student Safety and Wellbeing

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

                    child safety officers

Our other Child Safety Officers - listed below - can be contacted via Reception on (03) 5783 5000.

Alexa Hunt

Taylah DaRiva

Rebecca Cooper

Kirstie Machen

Stephen McCarthy

Stephen Bellis

Kathy Daly

Luke Hamilton

Peter Augustin

Sarah Wallace

Helen Perez

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

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

Any student who feels unsafe or has been made to feel unsafe, should speak to their house leader. 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 Assumption College community

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

Student Code of Conduct

Staff Code of Conduct

Response to Bullying Policy

Anaphylaxis Management Plan

 

 

Wellbeing Resources

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 learning mentors, 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.   

Helpful online and phone resources 

ReachOut.com       https://au.reachout.com/

Headspace eheadspace.org.au       https://headspace.org.au/eheadspace/

Youth Beyond Blue    Ph: 1300 224 636     https://www.youthbeyondblue.com/

Lifeline   Ph: 131 114     https://www.lifeline.org.au/

Kids Helpline    Ph: 1800 551 800     https://kidshelpline.com.au/

Suicide Helpline     Ph: 1300 651 251     www.suicideline.org.au

Mensline     Ph: 1300 789 978     https://mensline.org.au/

Centre Against Sexual Assault (CASA) Crisis Line    Ph: 1800 806 292    https://www.casa.org.au/

Domestic Violence Crisis Line    Ph: 1800 200 526    http://www.dvrcv.org.au/

Pregnancy Helpline    Ph: 1300 792 798    https://www.pregnancysupport.com.au/

Directline- Alcohol & Drug Counselling & Information    Ph: 1800 888 236  

https://www.turningpoint.org.au/