Statement of Commitment to Child Safety
We want children to be safe, happy and empowered. We support and respect all children, as well as our staff, volunteers and the parent community.
We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children, to the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.
We have zero-tolerance for child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously.
We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow rigorously.
Any staff member who believes that a child is at immediate risk of abuse must phone 000.
Our school is committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early, and removing and reducing these risks.
Our school human resources and recruitment practices for all staff and volunteers are within DET requirements and practices.
Our school is committed to regularly training and educating our staff and volunteers on child abuse risks.
We have specific policies, procedures and training in place that support our leadership team, staff and volunteers to achieve these commitments in a consistent manner.
The school’s Child Safe policy will be publicly available to help raise awareness about the importance of child safety in our organisation and demonstrate our commitment to protecting children from abuse. It will be published on the school’s website and provided to new families on enrolment.
New staff will be provided with a copy and briefed on the school’s attitude to child safety as part of the induction process.
We will ensure that families and children have the opportunity to contribute to the development and review of this policy. Where possible we do our best to work with local Aboriginal communities, culturally and/or linguistically diverse communities and people with a disability.
CHILD SAFE STANDARDS
Organisations establish a culturally safe environment in which the diverse and unique identities and experiences of Aboriginal children and young people are respected and valued.
Child safety and wellbeing is embedded in organisational leadership, governance and culture.
Children and young people are empowered about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously.
Families and communities are informed and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing.
Equity is upheld and diverse needs respected in policy and practice.
People working with children and young people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and wellbeing values in practice.
Processes for complaints and concerns are child-focused.
Staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and young people safe through ongoing education and training.
Physical and online environments promote safety and wellbeing while minimising the opportunity for children and young people to be harmed.
Implementation of the Child Safe Standards is regularly reviewed and improved.
Policies and procedures document how the organisation is safe for children and young people.