Executive Directive

Code of Conduct

Community

Objective

The Executive Directive – Code of Conduct establishes minimum standards of conduct in all behaviour and decision-making to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all members within the CEWA community. The Code of Conduct also shows us how, as a community our behaviours are a collective work that each day builds social justice into the life of our schools. Pope Francis insists that “true social justice is impossible if the human person is not the centre of concern”.

Sources of authority

Catholic Education Commission Western Australia Community Policy – Effective February 2021.

Principles

  • The Code of Conduct unites staff, students, parents, regular volunteers, visitors and other members of CEWA’s community in defining, modelling and promoting the safety and wellbeing of students and all members of the community.
  • The Code of Conduct requires that an individual respects the dignity of each person and is sensitive to the fact that each individual has emotions, fears, hopes and innate goodness, which flows from being created in the image and likeness of God.
  • The Code of Conduct defines the behaviours of healthy, respectful relationships that are expressed in Gospel values and modelled by all members of the community through our commitment to the common good.
  • The Code of Conduct creates an environment at CEWA that eliminates opportunities for abuse to occur.
  • The Code of Conduct requires the objective reporting of observable behaviour that breaches the Code or suspected breaching of the Code in a professional and respectful manner.
  • The Code of Conduct is a commitment to accept the responsibility for any action at a personal and professional level.
  • The Code of Conduct is supported by the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth), which protects members of the community from any actual or threatened detrimental conduct including retaliatory action, victimisation, reprisal, discrimination, or harassment for making a disclosure of reportable conduct.

CEWA Code of Conduct Statements

 

1. You act safely and competently.

2. You give priority to students’ safety and wellbeing in all your behaviour and decision making.

3. You act in accordance with the values of the Gospel.

4. You conduct yourself in accordance with laws, agreements, policies, directives and standards relevant to your relationship with the CEWA community.

5. You respect the dignity, culture, values and beliefs of each member of the CEWA community.

6. You treat personal information about members of the CEWA community as private and confidential.

7. You give impartial, honest and accurate information about the education, safety and wellbeing of students.

8. You support all members of the CEWA community to make informed decisions about students.

9. You promote and preserve the trust and privilege inherent in your relationship with all members of the CEWA community.

10. You maintain and build on the community’s trust and confidence in Catholic schools and the Church.

11. You act reflectively and ethically.

12. You give students a voice in their education, safety and wellbeing.

Directives

  1. CEWA Executive and principals are responsible for implementing the Code of Conduct across their community.
    1. Formal training for staff, contractors and governing body members, at induction and subsequent annual training learning opportunities.
    2. Publishing of code on school website and included in school enrolment pack and handbook.
  2. All CEWA staff, volunteers, governing body members, visitors and IT contractors must be informed of the Code of Conduct and their obligations to comply with the Code.
  3. All members of the Catholic school community must notify the principal or their delegate of any behaviour that is a possible breach of the Code of Conduct as soon as possible.
  4. All principals and directors must maintain a secure electronic register of notifications of possible breaches of the Code of Conduct as well as any complaint, in accordance with CEWA’s record keeping process.
  5. Principals must offer students a range of student-friendly ways to notify the school of any behaviour breaching the Code of Conduct.

Review

Effective date
February, 2021
Date of last amendment
Date of policy review
Version number
1.5