The Southern Cross : April 2010
Page 4 April 2010 The Southern Cross www.adelaide.catholic.org.au news Glenelg, Glynde, Greenacres, Hilton, Kingswood, Marion, Morphett Vale, Paralowie, Plympton, Seaford, Seaton, Toorak Gardens www.digitalhearing.com.au * Free Digital Hearing Aids are available to eligible Pensioners & Veterans.* 1300 557 745 *conditions apply Hearing Tests & Hearing Aid Fittings for Workers Compensation Clients. Private Clients & Self Funded Retirees are our Speciality. Free Hearing Tests Creating a safe environment for children and young people to live, learn and grow is a community responsibility which is being realised by Catholic schools and parishes across South Australia, according to Francine Bickford and Nicky Milte, the Adelaide Archdiocese's new Child Protection Policy Officers. Francine and Nicky will spend the next few months assisting parishes across the state implement the South Australian Catholic Child Protection Council Policy for the Care, Wellbeing and Protection of Children and Young People. The policy outlines child protection procedures for agencies, clergy, employed staf f, educators and volunteers within the dioceses of Adelaide and Por t Pirie. It was established by the South Australian Catholic Child Protection Council in 2006 and was updated in December 2009. "It is a ver y exciting time in terms of child protection in South Australia," Francine said. "So much has been done by the church, governments and education sectors in addressing the needs of children and young people and assisting them to learn and live in safe environments," she said. "It's making ever yone aware that the safety and protection of children is ever yone's responsibility." Francine has spent the past 18 months working for Catholic Education SA and training teachers in many Catholic schools on how to use the Depar tment of Education and Children's Ser vices Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum. She has been assisting teachers to implement the curriculum in a Catholic context. She retired from St Patrick's Special School at Dulwich in 2008 after five years as principal. Ms Bickford has worked in the Catholic Education sector as a teacher, consultant and coordinator of Special Education. Her main focus in the past 15 years has been suppor ting teachers to provide an inclusive curriculum for students with disabilities. Nicky Milte has spent the past nine years working for Catholic Education SA as coordinator of Indigenous Education. She also had oversight of Out of School Hours Care and Early Childhood Education. Prior to her work in the Catholic Education Office Nicky was a primar y school principal for 17 years. She has worked for the Catholic Education sector for 36 years as a teacher, Religious Education co-ordinator, deputy, principal and senior education adviser. Nicky is a committed educator and passionate about the wellbeing of children and young people. ❏ Francine and Nicky can be contacted at the Child Protection Office on 8210 8159 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. org.au Implementing child protection NEWCOMERS: Nicky Milte (left) and Francine Bickford are new Child Protection Policy Officers.