St. Francis Safeguarding

This policy sets out how St Francis College keeps children safe and how we respond to Safeguarding concerns.


We are committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people in our care. We support the rights of the child and will act without hesitation to ensure a child-safe environment. We also support the rights and wellbeing of our staff and volunteers, and encourage their active participation in building and maintaining a secure environment for all.


St. Francis College’s Safeguarding Policy is based on and meets Brazilian legal requirements (Estatuto da Criança e do Adolescente, 2019).



Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as: 

  • protecting children from maltreatment;

  • preventing impairment of children's health or development;

  • ensuring that children can grow in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care;

  • taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes.

(Source: Keeping Children Safe in Education (p4, 2019)