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Safeguarding Children Officer - Catholic Schools Office

Apply now Job no: 494617
Work type: temporary, full time
Location: Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie
Categories: Officer

Catholic Schools Office

The Catholic Schools Office (CSO) provides a range of services to support approximately 2,500 staff in 45 vibrant and dynamic Catholic school communities that serve more than 18,000 students. The CSO assists schools to build teaching and leadership capabilities in communities of professional educators who share responsibility for school improvement and for achieving the best outcomes for our students.


Safeguarding Children Officer

This position can be located in Coffs Harbour or Port Macquarie

Full time, 5-year recurring contract. Start date to be negotiated with the successful candidate. 


The Rewards:

  • Salary: An annual salary range of $97,280 - $104,013 per annum + 10.5% superannuation (final figure dependent upon skills, experience and qualifications) 
  • Additional benefits: A company car, laptop and mobile phone 
  • Working hours: 7 hour working day, 35 hour week
  • Flexibility: Achieve both work-life balance and the benefits of face-to-face collaboration with your peers with our hybrid working model 
  • Staff wellbeing: An absolute focus on our peoples’ safety and wellbeing, and access to free counselling sessions through our Employee Assistance Program
  • Growth: Learning and career development opportunities.

Work Requirements:

  • hold a valid NSW Working with Children Check
  • a current/valid Australian Driver’s License and eligibility to work within Australia for the period of the appointment
  • a Criminal History check 
  • requirement to travel between locations. 


  • Relevant tertiary qualifications (e.g. social work, social welfare, human resources, law), or, at least 5 years relevant industry experience in investigations.

Work Experience: 

  • At least five years’ experience in the area of child safeguarding, the welfare sector, or a related field that requires investigation skills.

Key Capabilities:

  • Accomplished investigation skills.
  • An ability to provide effective advice and support in relation to managing allegations against employees of inappropriate behaviour towards children and young people.
  • An ability to provide effective advice and support in relation to dealing with risk of significant harm and wellbeing concerns for students and families at risk.
  • Knowledge of child safe standards and practices and their application in an education setting.
  • Highly developed written skills including investigation report writing skills and risk assessments.
  • Sound record keeping practices to ensure accountability, transparency and confidentiality.
  • Highly developed oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to research and participate in policy and training development and delivery.
  • Capacity to work in a team.
  • Preparedness to work within the ethos of a Catholic school setting.

Plus the following generic criteria:

  • Knowledge of WHS and equity principles in the workplace
  • Respect for the teachings of the Catholic Church and by conduct and lifestyle, ability to give witness to the Church’s mission.

Your cover letter must address the above criteria. 

Additional information:


Applications close: 3.00pm, Wednesday 14 June 2023


  Diocese of Lismore Catholic Schools Limited is committed to creating Child Safe Schools.

Child Protection legislation requires preferred applicants to be subject to employment screening.

An equal opportunity employer.


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