The PMSA’s commitment to child protection is immersed in our vision -
'To build communities based on Christian foundations, by providing teaching and learning environments of excellence, permeated by Christian faith and actions'
And in the core values which underpin it.
We believe that the care for the children and young people in our schools is an outward expression and evidence of our Christian faith and our commitment to achieving a vision of collected and committed action, of intolerance to any threat of harm towards children and young people and which actively seeks to prevent the occurrence of any such threat.
The care and protection of the children and young people in PMSA schools is of paramount importance and involves:
- Working together to make our schools and workplaces places of safety for children and young people;
- Not tolerating any threat of harm towards children and actively seeking to prevent the occurrence of any such threat; and
- Reporting any suspicion you have that a child or student has been harmed or may be at risk of harm
Every person who shares in the work of our PMSA communities - including employees, volunteers, contractors and visitors- shares in the responsibility to care for and protect all children and young people from any threat or perceived threat of harm.
PMSA Education and Pastoral Care Committee
The PMSA Education and Pastoral Care Committee has the responsibility for the oversight of matters relating to "Protection from Harm" to assist the PMSA Council in fulfilling its duty in relation to the safety and wellbeing of members of the school community.
The PMSA Chairman of the PMSA Education and Pastoral Care Committee can be contacted via the PMSA Corporate Services Office on 3371 0709.
Professional Development for PMSA Employees
To assist all our employees to value and guide their relationships with the children and young people in our schools and early learning centres, the PMSA has developed a Child Protection Professional Development Program for all our employees, including mandatory on-line PMSA Child Protection training delivered to all employees and volunteers on commencement of employment and then annually. The aim of the Program is to ensure all employees fully understand their role in respect to child protection in PMSA schools, including their responsibilities for handling and reporting disclosures or suspicions of harm.
PMSA Child Protection Policies and Related Documents
PMSA Abuse Policy
The PMSA Abuse Policy explains the actions to be taken by the PMSA and our employees to protect children by investigating reported suspicion, circumstances and allegations of abuse.
PMSA Blue Card (Working with Children) Policy
The PMSA Blue Card (Working with Children) Policy outlines the requirements for PMSA councillors, employees and volunteers to hold Blue Cards in accordance with Queensland requirements.
PMSA Child Protection Policy
The PMSA Child Protection Policy outlines the conduct expected of the PMSA schools' employees and students in accordance with legislation in Queensland about the care and protection of children.
PMSA Alleged Abuse of Former Students Policy
The PMSA Alleged Abuse of Former Students Policy outlines the PMSA’s processes for dealing with allegations of Abuse relating to individuals who, as children, received education and/or accommodation or care within a PMSA School or early learning centre but who are not students of the School or centre at the time the allegations are made. Such individuals will be described within this Policy as Former Students.
PMSA Child Protection Risk Management Strategy - 2017
The PMSA Child Protection Risk Management Strategy identifies the policies and procedures in place across the PMSA and our schools which, together, act to protect students from harm.
PMSA Homestay Welfare and Accomodation Policy
The PMSA Homestay Wefare and Accomodation Policy outlines the processes to ensure that PMSA Schools and Homestay Hosts arranged by and for PMSA schools comply with relevant legislative requirements for ensuring the suitability of accommodation, support and general welfare for Homestay Students under 18 years ofage.
PMSA Homestay Risk Management Strategy - 2017
The purpose of this strategy is to ensure that the PMSA and its schools have appropriate policies and procedures in place to identify and minimise the risk of harm to Homestay Students where the school has taken responsibility for the accommodation, support and general welfare of the student.