Catholic Primary School South Melbourne Covers up Child abuse 2015 UPDATE WITH FACTS

According to the Catholic Education Office in Melbourne they have policies surrounding the protection of our children. Yet a number of children are still being abused by the family perpetrator that is going unreported. One child, who had his hand stood on “to pin him down” had three bruised fingers was not reported. The perpetrator admitted to this at Family Court, (after denying it for over 12 months, and the mandatory 12 month period had expired for him to be charged with assault).

Child and family reported sexual abuse by another student at catholic primary school. the child was promised counselling and other services which to this day has never been forthcoming. this happened in 2010.

FACT: FATHER BOB MCQUIRE KNEW ABOUT THE CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE AND ATTEMPTED TO ADVOCATE ON BEHALF OF THE FAMILY IN 2010. HE IS NOT THE BAD GUY HERE. THE SYSTEM IS.

Another child was punched in the face, had swelling, could not eat, and lost a tooth as a result of a blow to the face. This was reported days after the event, and the principal supported the possibility of the incident being an accident.

FACT: SUBPOENED HUMAN SERVICES FILES STATES FRANK SERVELLO SAYING IT WAS PROBABLY AN ACCIDENT

Then the most recent one (all from the same school) a child was hit hard enough to leave swelling and bruising on their thigh, the school called the perpetrator in and spoke to him. They did not even call Human Services as required by mandatory reporting.

FACT: EMAIL TRAIL FROM STUDENT TO TEACHER SITED AND SEEN

This is the same school that a teacher physically manhandled a girl from a classroom in grade three and left marks last year.

FACT: EMAILS TO HEADMASTER REGARDING INCIDENT AND OTHER PARENTS CHILDREN SEEING INCIDENT HAVE BEEN SITED

The headmaster has already written an apology on one occasion to a Victim of Family Violence for yelling and screaming at their children because they did not want to go with the perpetrator home after he threatened to kill their mother in front of them.

FACT: APPOLOGY LETTER CITED. REFERRED TO ALSO IN FAMILY COURT TRANSCRIPTS BY PERPETRATOR FATHER

The same headmaster also had secret meetings with the perpetrator of Family Violence on two occasions without consulting the mother (who was the only person on the enrolement forms). This was May 2012 onwards. He also interacted with the perpetrator via email without consulting the mother. It all came out in Family Court proceedings that the perpetrator had started a smear campaign against the victim at the school, and that the headmaster was supportive of this by keeping the meetings secret and even going so far as consulting with the perpetrators Barrister and Solicitor on a number of occasions. 

FACT: REFERRED TO IN AFFIDAVITS AT FAMILY COURT BY PERPETRATOR. ALSO GIVEN COPIES OF CONFIDENTIAL PAPERWORK BY SCHOOL REFFERRED TO AS WELL. ALSO IN SOLICITORS NOTATIONS PROVIDED TO FAMILY COURT TRIAL.

The father only became registered on the enrollment forms in late 2013. Yet interaction occurred frequently without the mothers consent and/or permission.

Actually she was unaware of most of the said interaction until family court proceedings in 2014.

FACT: REFERRED TO IN AFFIDAVITS AT FAMILY COURT BY PERPETRATOR. 

By the way the perpetrator and the Principal, Mr. Frank Servello know each other personally relatively well. 

FACT: MR SERVELLO HAS A BROTHER WHO ALSO TEACHESIN CATHOLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM. FACT: THIS BROTHER TAUGHT PERPETRATOR.

FACT: ALL THREE, THE TWO SERVELLO BROTHERS AND PERPETRATOR GREW UP IN SAME PART OF MELBOURNE WITH SAME ITALIAN BACKGROUND.

So much for privacy policies. And the headmaster in question? Well he should be named and shamed, Frank Servello. He has his own life coaching business and commenced the bounce back program for bullying in Catholic schools. He is retiring at the end of the year.

FACT: FRANK SERVELLO THREATENED TO SUE PARENT FOR PROVIDING INFORMATION THIS WEEK.

Is this the start of another Royal Commission into Child Abuse in 2033?

According to the Catholic Education office:

 

MANDATORY REPORTING OF CHILD PHYSICAL AND SEXUAL ABUSE

RATIONALE

Mandatory reporting arises from the requirements of the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 (Vic.) for the protection of children from harm due to physical injury and sexual abuse. School personnel mandated under this Act who, in the course of carrying out their duties, form a reasonable belief that a child is in need of protection from physical injury or sexual abuse, must report that belief and the grounds for it as soon as possible.

This policy assists schools to comply with this requirement and fulfil their responsibilities regarding the welfare and protection of children at risk. This policy complements the guidelines Protecting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. A joint protocol of the Department of Human Services Child Protection, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Licensed Children’s Services and Victorian schools (the Protocols).

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