Child Safe Standards

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Being Safe at Strathmore Primary School – For Students

Protecting Children – For Parents and Carers

Strathmore Primary School is committed to safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making. The school has zero tolerance for child abuse. Strathmore Primary School is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability. Every person involved at the school has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.

In its planning, decision-making and operations Strathmore Primary School will:

  1. Take a preventative, proactive and participatory approach to child safety;
  2. Value and empower children to participate in decisions which affect their lives;
  3. Foster a culture of openness that supports all persons to safely disclose risks of harm to children
  4. Respect diversity in cultures and child rearing practices while keeping child safety paramount;
  5. Provide written guidance on appropriate conduct and behaviour towards children;
  6. Engage only the most suitable people to work with children and have high quality staff and volunteer supervision and professional development;
  7. Ensure children know who to talk with if they are worried or are feeling unsafe, and that they are comfortable and encouraged to raise such issues;
  8. Report suspected abuse, neglect or mistreatment promptly to the appropriate authorities;
  9. Share information appropriately and lawfully with other organisations where the safety and wellbeing of children is at risk; and
  10. Value the input of and communicate regularly with families and carers.

At Strathmore Primary School there is a school-wide approach towards ensuring the safety of all children. The school follows the Department of Health and Human Service’s seven Child Safe Standards, which are:

  1. Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements
  2. A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety
  3. A code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children
  4. Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
  5. Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
  6. Strategies to identify and reduce or remove the risk of abuse
  7. Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children

The school actively implements policies and procedures to cover all areas of the standards, including:

  • Positive Behaviour Support Framework
  • Values Education program – Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships
  • Working With Children Checks for all visitors and workers at the school, including contractors
  • Risk assessments for all major activities and events as well as a whole-school risk assessment for
  • Regular review of procedures and schedules to ensure best practice in matters relating to supervision and duty of care in all school activities
  • VIT Registration for all teaching staff (which includes regular National Criminal Record Checks)
  • Up-to-date policies for Child Safe and the school’s Child Safe Code of Conduct, as well as related policies such as First Aid and Medications, Supervision and Duty of Care and Working With Children Checks

Strathmore Primary School is committed to ensuring the safety of all students in its community. The school achieves this by developing a culture of safety through risk management to identify and remove risks of child abuse, policy development and implementation, code of conduct screening, supervision and training, processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse and strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children. In order to ensure the safety of children, the school has appointed a Child Safety Officer (Assistant Principal) and developed policies and procedures in conjunction with the Child Safe Standards. The school’s policies can be viewed on-line by following the link above.

As part of meeting the Child Safe Standards, the school pays special attention to at-risk groups, to promote:

  • Cultural safety of Aboriginal children
  • Cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Safety of children with a disability

The school also implements specific DET strategies to support any students who are deemed as being in out-of-home care and has a Designated Teacher (Assistant Principal) with the responsibility to oversee the safety and wellbeing of these students.

The school has a strong focus on Cybersafety to ensure that students are aware of potential risks when using digital technologies and how to manage and avoid these risks. Student learn about appropriate, positive behaviours

Further information about Child Safe Standards can be found at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/default.aspx

 

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