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.
The school values of respect, responsibility, resilience, honesty and learning underpin all our behaviours and interactions, and support a culture (values, expectations and standards) and shared commitment to zero tolerance of child abuse, and arrangements that allow it to occur will not be tolerated. The school takes into consideration the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and the safety of children who are vulnerable or have a disability.
Child Safety Officer
Meredith Clegg is Greenvale Primary School’s Child Safety Officer. Click here to read all about this role and what it entails.
Greenvale Primary School’s Statement of Commitment to Child Safety
Greenvale Primary School is committed to providing a safe environment for all children.
- We believe all children have a right to feel safe and to be safe.
- We have zero tolerance for child abuse.
- We actively work to listen to and empower children.
- We have systems to protect children from abuse.
- We are committed to promoting cultural safety for all children from all culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.