The Authorisation Process and Code of Conduct clarifies the standards of behaviour that is expected of all employees, volunteers, religious and lay people working on behalf of the Diocese of Lismore CCD. SRE teachers are to endorse the principles of the current Child Protection Law and follow the Department of Education Religious Education Implementation Procedures as an essential responsibility.
As part of the Authorisation Process, the following steps are required:
- Complete a Teacher Application Form
- Obtain a Working With Children Check Clearance
- Complete Child Protection Training
- Participate in Mandatory Training which includes Classroom Management
- Adhere to the Code of Conduct
- Added to Notification to Schools document.
- Supplied with an Authorisation Card
- Supplied with a Parish issued Name Badge
Teacher Application Form (TAF)
A Teacher Application Form is to be completed and submitted to your Parish Priest with photo identification (drivers licence). If accepted, the TAF, signed and stamped by the Parish Priest, is sent to the Diocesan Coordinator of CCD to be verified, and is then stored at the Chancery Offices.
The following records are kept for each SRE teacher at the Diocese of Lismore Chancery Office:
- Full name
- Contact details
- Date of Birth
- WWCC number
- Verification date
- Verification outcome
- Expiry date
- Record of Training
In accordance with the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012, all SRE teachers are required to apply for a WWCC and obtain a clearance number. The number and your date of birth must be provided for verification by the Diocese of Lismore Coordinator of CCD. The WWCC involves a national criminal history check and a review of findings of workplace misconduct.
Child Protection Training
All SRE teachers have a responsibility to report risk of harm concerns about children and young people, within their roles, and to provide support to children and young people.
It is a responsibility to ensure that all SRE teachers:
• Have participated in an initial child protection induction and an update during the past year
• Are aware of the indicators of abuse and neglect of children and young people
• Are aware of their obligation to advise the principal or workplace manager of concerns about the safety, welfare and wellbeing of children and young people that arise during the course of their work
• Are aware of their mandatory obligation to report suspected risk of significant harm and of the procedures for doing so.
The Catholic Conference of Religious Educators in State Schools (CCRESS) has developed training modules which includes Child Protection Training. It is an expectation that all Catechists complete this training initially and then participates in regular and ongoing Child Protection Training. The link to the CCRESS Online training modules can be found on the Catechists drop-down menu on this site.
Initial and Ongoing Training
Once a person has been accepted as a new Catechist (SRE teacher), it is expected they will participate in the mandatory training required and agreed to by the Department of Education and the Inter-Church Commission on Religious Education in Schools (ICCOREIS). This agreement led to the development of training modules. These modules include:
- Teaching SRE in Government Schools
- Learning and Teaching
- Preparing and Delivering a Lesson
- Class Management
- Introduction to the Bible
- Classroom Experience
- Code of Conduct
The Catholic Conference of Religious Educators in State Schools (CCRESS) in conjunction with the Diocese of Wollongong, has developed online learning modules for Catechists which reflect the outcomes of the ICCOREIS modules above and are the preferred Modules for Catechist training. The Modules can be accessed with a login and password supplied by the Lismore Diocese Coordinator of CCD.
The Modules are as follows:
The Lismore Diocesan CCD Coordinator arranges for and facilitates Training, and maintains a record of training undertaken by Catechists.
As well as completing initial and ongoing training, teachers will be subject to a Teacher Review (Audit) which includes Lesson Observation and Self Reflection undertaken every two years.
The review process addresses identified issues, such as, further training and mentor support, and is used to update training courses in view of emerging classroom behavioural trends and best practice teaching techniques. Results of the Audit are made available to the Bishop each year.
Code of Conduct
All Catechists entering Public Schools as SRE teachers are representing their Parish, their Diocese, their Bishop and their Church. They are therefore expected to adhere to the Diocese of Lismore CCD Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct gives guidance in areas where staff and volunteers need to make personal and ethical decisions.
The Diocese of Lismore Code of Conduct is aligned with the Department of Education’s Code of Conduct, and SRE teachers are expected to be aware of and follow both.
Please click on the links below to view or download these Codes.
Notification to Schools
Once Authorised, the Catechist’s (SRE Teacher’s) name will be added to the Notification to Schools document which lists the name, date of birth and contact phone number of Catechists Authorised by the Provider (Diocese of Lismore) to teach in the school. The Notification to Schools document states the following:
“The following Catholic SRE Teachers (Catechists) have been authorised to teach SRE in your school having met relevant
Child Protection and Departmental requirements. They have obtained Working with Children Check clearances verified
by the Diocesan Coordinator of SRE, as the employer, and have completed courses in Child Protection and Classroom
Once Authorised, Catechist’s will receive an Authorisation Card at the beginning of each year, which is to be signed, dated and stamped by their Parish Priest. The card also states the School/s in which they will be teaching. The Authorisation Card is renewed each year in a different colour.
The Authorisation Card must be carried at all times the Catechist is on the school premises and must be shown upon request.
Parish Name Badge
It is the responsibility of each Parish to supply Catechists with a Parish Name Badge. The Name Badge must be worn at all times the Catechist is on the school premises.