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 WWCC
- Complete an Annual Teacher Engagement Form
- Complete Child Protection and Mandatory Reporter Training
- Participate in Mandatory Training which includes Classroom Management
- Adhere to the Code of Conduct
- Added to Authorisation Form for school notification.
- 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 license). If accepted, an Annual Teacher Engagement Form must be completed. Copies of these Forms will be kept at the Parish Office and Chancery.
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
Working With Children Check Clearance (WWCC)
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 and Mandatory Reporter Training
SRE teachers are Mandatory Reporters and as such are required 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 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
New Catechists (SRE teachers), are expected to participate in the Mandatory Training required and agreed to by the Department of Education.
The Catholic Conference of Religious Educators in State Schools (CCRESS) in conjunction with the Diocese of Wollongong, has developed online learning modules for Catechist training.
- Child Protection and Mandatory Reporter Training
- The SRE Teacher in Parish and Schools
- Development of the Child and Adolescent
- Introduction to the Bible
- Using an Authorised Curriculum
- The Mission and Ministry of the Catechist
- Classroom Skills: Questioning
- The Teaching Authority of the Catholic Church
- Classroom Skills: Behaviour Management
Catholic SRE is managed in NSW Public Schools by 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.
At the beginning of each school year, before the SRE classes have begun, the Authorisation Document will be sent to the school listing the names of the teachers, their contact details and date of birth.
“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 Management.”
Authorised Catechists 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.