Child Safe Standards
Child Safe Standards
As part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to implementing the recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust report, there are new regulatory requirements regarding child safety, underpinned by new state-wide Child Safe Standards.
St Albans North Primary School is committed to the safety of all its students and has developed policies and procedures that meet the requirements of the government child safe standards. The school policies and procedures provide the foundation and commitment to child safety.
Please click on the links below to access our school's Child Safe Standards Code of Conduct and Child Safety Policy.
Statement of Commitment to Child Safety
St Albans North 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.
St Albans North Primary School has zero tolerance for child abuse.
St Albans North 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 in St Albans North Primary 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.
To make a clear statement of commitment to Child Safety Standards in line with St Albans North Primary Schools Child Safe Policy and Child Safe Code of Conduct.
In its planning, decision-making and operations St Albans North Primary School will:
Take a preventative, proactive and participatory approach to child safety;
Value and empower children to participate in decisions which affect their lives;
Foster a culture of openness that supports all persons to safely disclose risks of harm to children;
Respect diversity in cultures and child rearing practices while keeping child safety paramount;
Provide written guidance on appropriate conduct and behaviour towards children;
Engage only the most suitable people to work with children and have high quality staff and volunteer supervision and professional development;
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;
Report suspected abuse, neglect or mistreatment promptly to the appropriate authorities;
Share information appropriately and lawfully with other organisations where the safety and wellbeing of children is at risk;
Value the input of and communicate regularly with families and carers.