Child Safety Standards


Vermont Primary School 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, there is a new regulatory landscape surrounding child safety, underpinned by new Child Safe Standards.  For information regarding the Child Safety Standards at Vermont Primary School, please contact the office directly 9874 2511. 

 

Joy Cook (Assistant Principal) is the designated Child Safety Wellbeing Officer.

 

Statement of commitment to child safety

Vermont Primary School is a child safe organisation which welcomes all children, young people and their families.

We are committed to providing environments where our students are safe and feel safe, where their participation is valued, their views respected, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Our child safe policies, strategies and practices are inclusive of the needs of all children and students.

 

We have no tolerance for child abuse and take proactive steps to identify and manage any risks of harm to students in our school environments. We promote positive relationships between students and adults and between students and their peers. These relationships are based on trust and respect.  We take proactive steps to identify and manage any risk of harm to students in our school environment. When child safety concerns are raised or identified, we treat these seriously and respond promptly and thoroughly.

 

Particular attention is given to the child safety needs of Aboriginal students, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, international students, students with disabilities, those unable to live at home, children and young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) and other students experiencing risk or vulnerability. Inappropriate or harmful behaviour targeting students based on these or other characteristics, such as racism or homophobia, are not tolerated at our school, and any instances identified will be addressed with appropriate consequences.

 

Child safety is a shared responsibility. Every person involved in our school has an important role in promoting child safety and wellbeing and promptly raising any issues or concerns about a child’s safety.  We are committed to regularly reviewing our child safe practices, and seeking input from our students, families, staff, and volunteers to inform our ongoing strategies.

 

 

Child Safety Standard 1:

Culturally Safe Environments

 

Culturally Safe Environments

Child Safety Policy

Child Safety Standard 2:

Child safety and wellbeing is embedded in leadership, governance and culture

 

Child safety and wellbeing is embedded in leadership, governance and culture

Child Safety Policy

Child Safety Code of Conduct

Child Safety Risk Assessment

Records Management Policy

 

Child Safety Standard 3:

Child and student empowerment

 

Child and student empowerment

Vermont Primary School implements the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships Curriculum as well as the Resilience Project.  The Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum is embedded into the Wellbeing Program, which includes explicit education about child safe behaviours.

 

Respectful Relationships

Wellbeing and Engagement Policy

The Child Safety Day 3 to 6

The Child Safety Day K to 2

 

Students participate in weekly wellbeing lessons where they are explicitly taught about their rights, actively engage in decision making, explore the school values and learn about protecting their bodies and where to go to for support.

 

Child Safety Standard 4:

Family Engagement

 

Family Engagement

Vermont Primary School and Kindergarten invites families to participate in policy development and review.  We regularly seek feedback from the community using surveys and include Child Safety information in packs for newly enrolled families.

 

Families are informed about school operations and governance of child safety and wellbeing through the Principal Update and School Council Feedback. 

 

Child Safety Standard 5:

Diversity and Equity

 

Diversity and Equity

 

Inclusion and Diversity Policy

 

To target the needs of the English as a Second Language Community, Child Safety is included in the annual PEAL Information Night.

 

Child Safety Standard 6:

Suitable Staff and Volunteers

 

Suitable Staff and Volunteers

Child Safety Policy

Visitors Policy

Child Safety Recruitment Practices
Child Safety Recruitment Checklist

Suitability for Employment Checks

 

Child Safety Standard 7:

Complaints Process

 

Complaints Process

Complaints Policy

Responding to Allegations of Abuse Responding to Allegations of Abuse

Records Management Policy

 

Child Safety Standard 8:

Child Safety Knowledge Skills and Awareness

 

Child Safety Knowledge Skills and Awareness

Staff participate in an annual Child Safety induction to ensure they understand the policies and are aware of their responsibilities and adhere to the code of conduct.  Staff undertake annual professional develop, responding to allegations of abuse.

 

School Council participate in annual Child Safety Standards professional learning, facilitated by the Assistant Principal.

 

New employees and volunteers receive an Induction Package which includes the Child Safety and Wellbeing Policy, Child Safety Code of Conduct, Responding to Allegations of Abuse procedures and the Complaints Policy.

 

 

 

Child Safety Standard 9:

Child Safety in the Physical and Online Environment

 

Child Safety in the Physical and Online Environment

Child Safety Risk Assessment

eSmart and Cyber Safety Policy

Camps and Excursions Policy

Supervision of Students Policy

Acceptable Use Policy

Social Media Policy

Mobile Phone Policy

 

Child Safety Standard 10:

Review of Child Safety Practices

 

Review of Child Safety Practices

The Child Safety Standards and related policies and procedures are reviewed an updated in accordance with the review cycle of 2 years and after a child safety incident occurs.  These updates are communicated to the staff and community through the Principal Update.

 

The School Improvement Team and Wellbeing Team review data in relation to the Standards and identify changes required to ensure the school is compliant with the standards and students are safe from harm.

 

Child Safety Standard 11:

Implementation of the Child Safe Standards

 

Implementation of the Child Safe Standards

To following actions are in place to ensure the implementation of the Child Safety Standards at Vermont Primary School and Kindergarten:

  • Included in the School Council Agenda Items
  • Included in the staff yearly update
  • Termly update in the Principal parent communication
  • Included in the Induction Pack and Procedures
  • Annual PL for staff and volunteers
  • Included in the sign in procedures for visitors at the school
  • Review of data by the SIT Team
  • Included in the policy review timetable
  • Child Safety Role Allocation

 

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