Child Protection

Safeguarding Our School Communities

The Diocese of Wilcannia-Forbes values the dignity of every person. We are especially committed to ensuring the care, well-being and protection of children in our school communities.

As a Diocese we abide by all child protection legislation and our moral obligation is always to promote the safety and protection of children in our care.

We endeavour to create safe environments where everyone can participate freely and without fear in worship, prayer and learning.

Child Protection

All staff in our school are expected to promote child safety by having a clear understanding of their legal child protection responsibilities and act in accordance with those responsibilities.

In particular the school will:

  • Maintain professionalism in our interactions with children by exercising appropriate duty of care and maintaining appropriate professional boundaries.
  • Follow policy and procedures to address allegations of inappropriate behaviour by staff towards children.
  • Ensure all people working in our school including parent volunteers, are appropriately screened for working with children.
  • Respond appropriately when we feel a child is at risk of significant harm due to possible abuse or neglect.

* Child Protection Policy: Addressing Allegations of Inappropriate Behaviour by Staff

* Child Protection Policy: Working With Children Check

* Child Protection Policy: Managing Risks of Significant Harm & Wellbeing Concerns

Getting involved with your child’s learning

Getting involved with your child’s learning

There are many ways that parents can support their children’s learning at home and throughout the school year.

Work collaboratively with school staff

  • Inform the teacher you want to help your child learn, and that you want to be contacted if any problems occur.
  • Familiarise yourself with the school staff who are all there to assist your child’s academic, social and emotional growth.
  • Attend parent-teacher conferences and if you have a concern at any time, make an appointment to meet with your child’s teacher.
  • Read all the information sent home from the school.
  • Volunteer at your child’s school.

Support your child’s learning

  • Inquire if your child is experiencing any difficulties and ask how you can help.
  • Establish a regular time for homework, and remove all distractions.
  • Display a positive attitude about education and the school to your children.
  • Demonstrate that learning can be enjoyable.
  • Limit your child’s television, video games, and Internet use.
  • Encourage and model reading to your child.
  • Talking with and listening to your child will develop their language skills, and show them you are interested in what they have to say.
  • Active learning is promoted when you listen to your child’s ideas and respond to them.
  • Encourage your child to use the library.
  • Give your child opportunities to develop responsibility and independence.
  • Encourage active learning which can occur through sports, spending time with friends, acting in a school play, playing a musical instrument or visiting museums and bookstores.


Volunteering at our school

We believe that the Catholic Education our schools offer your child is profoundly strengthened by the collaborative relationship between home, school and parish.

Catholic schools would not exist without the outstanding dedication and contribution of parents.

‘Getting involved’ can mean different things to different people. There are countless volunteer opportunities for parents and families in Catholic schools.

Some ways in which parents can be involved may include:

  • as a classroom helper with literacy/numeracy programs
  • organizing, catering, or working at fundraising activities such as street stalls or car washes
  • accompanying excursions
  • assisting at athletics and swimming carnivals and other events that take place away from the school
  • helping to chaperone at school dances
  • organizing or assisting with a specific club or interest group eg chess club
  • becoming a member of the School Committee
  • participating in the school Parents and Friends Association
  • covering books for the library
  • sewing costumes or building sets for theatrical and musical productions
  • working with the school band 
  • helping out with visual arts and crafts
  • spending some time with a specific club or interest group
  • volunteering to speak in the classroom if you have a field of expertise that you’d like to share
  • working in the school canteen
  • participating in working bees
  • coaching a sporting team

For more information on how you can be involved in the life of your child’s school, please speak to your school Principal.




St Dympna’s Parish Balranald

St Dympna’s Parish Balranald

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St Joseph’s encourage the involvement and participation of the parish community and wider community. It also establishes and maintains positive communications within the school and wider community; and will deepen the relationship between students, staff, parents, parish and wider community.

Our Parish Community is:

  • Invited to school celebrations such as liturgical celebrations, concerts, presentation evenings, social activities and sporting events.
  • Updated on school news by way of weekly school newsletters being placed in the Church foyer.
  • Kept informed of school information through the Principal attending Parish Meetings and important dates being placed in the church bulletin.
  • Made aware of the school’s religious program through the Religious Education Co-ordinator and Principal meeting with the Parish Priest.
  • Invited to speak at different school events, for example, members of Parish Committees.

Wider Community:

  • The school is featured in the local newspaper regularly with current issues and events that have been happening in the school community.
  • The Staff attend joint inservice opportunities offered by the Diocesan Office and other sources.
  • Updated on school news by way of weekly school newsletters being placed in the local shops.
  • The wider community is invited to support the school community by providing specialist services such as guest speakers and use of venues for special occasions.
  • The school plans excursions within the Wider Community to appropriate venues.