What are the Child Safe Standards?
The Betrayal of Trust report released by the Victorian Government identified that more can be done in the community to reduce and remove the risk of child abuse. As such, Ministerial Order 870 outlines a set of requirements (Child Safe Standards) that Victorian schools need to meet.
The Child Safe Standards are a set of principles that require organisations working with children to implement strategies to prevent child abuse. Note that child abuse includes Physical child abuse, Child sexual abuse, Grooming, Emotional child abuse, Neglect, and Family violence.
There are seven Child Safe Standards, plus a Principle of Inclusion.
- Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements.
- A child safety policy or statement of commitment to child safety.
- A code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children.
- Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel.
- Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse.
- Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse.
- Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.
Our Commitment to Child Safety
Goornong 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.
Goornong Primary School has zero tolerance for child abuse.
We are 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 and Torres Strait Islander children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability and children who are vulnerable.
Every person involved in Goornong Primary School has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role they play 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.
The policies and documents below outline Goornong Primary School’s approaches to remove and/or reduce the risks of child abuse; and our commitment to providing a child-safe environment.