Child Protection

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle are committed to providing safe environments for students. Whilst we have a legal obligation to protect children, this commitment is central to our Catholic beliefs. All schools in NSW are required to meet the statutory obligations of legislation relating to child protection, and schools in this Diocese are required to uphold the policies and guidelines set out by the Catholic Schools Office.

At San Clemente, we believe all children have a right to a safe environment that is free from any form of abuse or harm. We believe relationships between adults and children are governed by trust and Gospel values.

On 15 June 2013, The Child Protection (Working with Children) Regulation 2013 made under The Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 came into force. The regulation applies to any person working in child-related employment including paid and volunteer work. 

The Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle has an absolute and abiding commitment to promote the safety, welfare and wellbeing of all children. The agency known as Office of Safeguarding provides child protection services for all of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. The information on their website includes how to report abuse, the Reporting Concerns for Children Policy, and the Complaints Resolution process.

Click here to view the Office of Safeguarding Website.


Child Protection Policy

The school follows the Child Protection Policy of the Catholic Schools Office. 

Online safety 

The eSafetyeducation website provices resources for Parents/Guardians and young people about online safety.

Advice for parents and carers to help children have safe experiences online

eSafetyyoung people - Useful information to help young people stay safe online. 


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