Child Safety Standards
Building a safe school community.
As part of its 2013 inquiry into the handling of child abuse, The Victorian Government has mandated that organisations working with children adhere to a series of standards to promote child safety, prevent child abuse and properly respond to allegations.
As part of Ministerial Order No 870, schools have been provided with 7 standards that must be in place in all schools to help to promote healthy, safe and respectful school communities.
At Chatham we recognise the importance of the partnership between schools and parents to support student learning, engagement and well-being. We share a commitment to, and a responsibility for, ensuring inclusive, safe and orderly environments for children and young people.
Our Statement of Values sets out our behavioural expectations of all members in this school community, including the principal, all school staff, parents, students and visitors. It respects the diversity of individuals in our school community and addresses the shared responsibilities of all members in building safe and respectful school communities. Discrimination, sexual and other forms of harassment, bullying, violence, aggression and threatening behaviour are unacceptable and will not be tolerated in this school.
Our Statement of Values acknowledges that parents and school staff are strongly motivated to do their best for every child. Everyone has to right to differing opinions and views and to raise concerns, as long as we to this respectfully as a community working together.
The Seven Standards are :-
Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety
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, supervisions, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
Process for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risk of abuse
Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children