Responding to past abuse

Villanova College acknowledges the past abuse of students in our care.

We express our profound sorrow and deep regret for what they and their families have endured. We recognise that we are powerless to undo the past, but can work towards providing some healing to lives damaged by abuse.

The College acknowledges that victims and survivors of abuse may not wish to deal directly with the College.

The College advocates strongly that if you believe you were a survivor of, our witness to, any institutional abuse during your time at Villanova College, to contact the police directly. To contact the police in Queensland, call 131 444.

If you are having trouble deciding whether or not to report sexual abuse, a free service may help. Ethi-Call is a confidential ethics counselling service offered by St James Ethics Centre – an independent organisation with no religious or political affiliations. Click here to find out more.

In conjunction with the Order of St Augustine, the College has joined the National Redress Scheme. We maintain our support for the work undertaken by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse which brought into focus the harm done at some institutions including the Catholic Church. There are now processes and support systems in place for those who were abused, such as the National Redress Scheme provided by the Australian Government.

To provide information about the assistance available to former Villanova College students who have been affected by past abuse, the College supports the establishment of independently facilitated Pastoral Outreach Forums on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 March, 2020. Further details are available by clicking here.

Responding to other abuse

If anyone wishes to bring a complaint of abuse against any member of Villanova College staff, past or present, they may do so in any of the following ways:

  • Contacting the police or other relevant authority in your state.
  • Contact the School directly on (07) 3394 5690

When children are involved, the College has mandatory reporting provisions to the police or relevant state authority.

Safeguarding our Students

Villanova College takes seriously the role it plays in ensuring the safety, welfare and wellbeing of every child in its care.

The College subscribes to the National Principles for a Child Safe Organisation. These principles are based on the Child Safe Standards drawn from the Australian Government’s Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

A child safe organisation consciously and systematically:

  • Creates an environment were children’s safety and wellbeing is the centre of thought, values and actions.
  • Places emphasis on genuine engagement with and valuing of children.
  • Creates conditions that reduce the likelihood of harm to children and young people.
  • Creates conditions that increase the likelihood of identifying harm.
  • Responds to any concerns, disclosures, allegations of suspicions of harm.

In support of this commitment, policies, procedures and training are in place at Villanova College to effectively address the safety and wellbeing of students in our care.

To view our Policies, Procedures and Training, please click here.