Child safe standards – keeping our children safe at Little River Primary School
Everyone has the right be safe and be protected from abuse. The staff, students, parents and visitors to Little River Primary School share this important responsibility to keep our children safe both at school and in other educational environments away from home.
That’s why the Victorian Government phased in compulsory child safe standards during 2016 and 2017. The standards apply to registered schools and other organisations that work with children and young people up to 18 years old.
Little River Primary School has in place a number of policies and strategies to prevent and respond to child safety issues; these new standards help us to continue to review what we already do and ensure that everyone in our school community is on board to provide the safest possible environment for our students.
The Victorian Government standards are:
- strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements;
- a child safe 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.
In ensuring we meet these standards, schools and organisations are required to have particular measures in place to prevent and respond to child abuse, sending a clear message that abuse will not be tolerated. These measures include child safe policies, codes of conduct and clear procedures for reporting and dealing with suspected abuse.
Another aspect of the new standards is empowering children to understand their rights and know how to raise any concerns they have if they feel unsafe or afraid. The standards aim to protect all children and recognise that certain groups of children require a particular focus because of their varied needs, including children with a disability, Aboriginal children and children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Most importantly, the ultimate aim of these standards is to ensure that the safety of our children remains the top priority for all who are involved in our education system. If you have any queries about the child safe standards and their incorporation into our work at Little River Primary School, please contact Pamela Heane.
Click here to access our Child Safety Code of Conduct.
Click here to access our Child Safety Policy.
Click here to access our Child Safety Reporting Obligations Policy and Procedures.