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26th September 2019

Safeguarding course continued

 Participants completing the Graduate Certificate in Education – Safeguarding Children and Young People, gathered for four days of intensive study in Rockhampton recently.

Catholic Education partnered with Australian Catholic University (ACU) to deliver the next units of study to 29 participants from Catholic schools around the diocese. The two units for this semester were Working with Children and Young People: Ethics, Values and Practices and Safeguarding Children: Implications for Professional Practices in Institutional Settings.  

Catholic Education Diocesan Director Leesa Jeffcoat said the Safeguarding course would further enhance the training and skills staff could access to best equip them in the area of student protection.

“The safety of all young people in our care is our highest priority and we are committed to providing our staff with the knowledge and skills to do this as effectively as possible. This Graduate Certificate in Education – Safeguarding Children and Young People is now in its third year of delivery and complements the mandatory Student Protection training and professional development undertaken by all staff,” Miss Jeffcoat said.

The course is designed to further equip participants with the knowledge and understanding of contemporary issues and responses to safeguarding children and young people through the exploration of conditions and factors that facilitate or impede child-safe environments.

“The program draws upon the rich social and moral teachings of the Catholic Church and a theological understanding of children and young people,” Miss Jeffcoat said.

Catholic Education employees are encouraged to apply for the 2020-2021 cohort towards the end of this year and further information is available by contacting Brett Halter, Student Services Manager at the Rockhampton Catholic Education Office.


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