As a result of the Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Inquiry, the Betrayal of Trust report was recently tabled in Parliament which included fifteen recommendations which were all accepted. The implementation of one of these recommendations was the introduction of Child Safe Standards for organisations providing services for children.
What does this mean for us at Greenvale Primary School? We already have many policies and procedures in place to protect the safety of all of our students from abuse in line with these new Child Safety Standards requirements and have made arrangements to ensure that we meet any perceived gaps.
Further steps we had to put in place are:
- The writing of a Child Safety Policy stating our commitment to child safety.
- A Statement of Commitment to Child Safety.
- The development of a school Code of Conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate adult behaviour with children and making this known within the school community.