The Victorian Government is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. As part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to implementing the recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust report, which found that more must be done to prevent and respond to child abuse in our community, there is a new regulatory landscape surrounding child safety, underpinned by the new PROTECT Child Safe Standards. The Child Safe Standards are compulsory minimum standards for all Victorian early childhood services and schools, to ensure they are well prepared to protect children from abuse and neglect.
At McKinnon Primary School we have existing policies and procedures that aim to keep children safe. We have now incorporated The Child Safe Standards to ensure that we provide a solid framework and focus to improve our policy and practices around child safety. Our Child Safe Standards will support the school to embed a culture of no tolerance for child abuse but, where necessary, to respond appropriately. Please take the time to find out more about the seven Standards @ https://www.vrqa.vic.gov.au/childsafe/Pages/parents.aspx and https://www.vrqa.vic.gov.au/childsafe/Pages/standards.aspx .
Child Safe Standard 1 Strategies to Embed a culture of Child Safety
Child Safe Standard 2. Statement of Commitment to Child Safety
Child Safe Standard 3. Code of Conduct
Child Safe Standard 4 Organisations must have screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
Child Safe Standard 5 Procedures for Responding and Reporting Allegations of Suspected Child Abuse
Child Safe Standard 6 Strategies to Identify and Reduce or Remove Risks of Child Abuse
Child Safe Standard 7 Strategies to Promote Child Participation and Empowerment
We have a number of Supporting Documents below for your information.