At Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic College the well-being of children and young people in our care is our ultimate reference point as professionals. We all have a legal duty of care that extends to the protection of children from all forms of harm and abuse.
OLSH staff complete all Child Protection and employment related documentation as required by the College and relevant Child Protection Legislation. All staff undergo relevant employment screening procedures. It is expected that staff are familiar with College policies on Child Protection, Mandatory Reporting and Bullying and Harassment, and adhere to the respective guidelines and procedures outlined in these policies.
Staff model professional and healthy relationships, treating colleagues, students and others within their work environment in an ethical manner with respect and dignity.
The College has a Professional Standards Committee to monitor and oversee student pastoral care and wellbeing across the College.
College Counsellor / Child Protection Officer
The College Counsellor works with students, staff, families and allied professionals to provide a high quality counselling and case management service to a broad based client group. The counsellor is also the College’s Child Protection Officer and is part of the College’s Pastoral Care and Wellbeing Team.
The College Counsellor is ultimately responsible to the Principal and works across all three campuses.
- Provide a counselling service and undertake individual support to students with appropriate interaction with the school community
- To deal with students in a positive and growth-promoting way, at all times displaying respect and compassion. Encourage a sense of resilience in each individual student
- Participate in the development and implementation of relevant school policies, procedures and programs with a focus on child protection and enhancing the wellbeing of staff, the school community, and students, particularly those at risk
- Establish and maintain links with relevant community support agencies, allied professionals and school networks with a view to optimising services available for students at risk that focus on primary prevention, early intervention and continuity of care, particularly with regard to child protection and sexuality education programmes
- Develop and implement a range of professional development programs for school staff and whole school approaches that focus on student wellbeing, resilience and child protection
- Respect the demands of confidentiality and discretion