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.

Summary of the Child Safety Program at Vermont Primary School

Standard One: Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements.

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

1.  Vermont Primary School and Kindergarten is committed to child safety.

  1. We want children to be safe, happy and empowered.  We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers in all school and kindergarten environments and outside of school hours care.
  2. We are committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children.
  3. We have zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently with our robust policies and procedures.
  4. We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow rigorously.
  5. We are committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early, and removing and reducing these risks. The school has robust human resources and recruitment practices for all staff and volunteers and regularly trains and educates staff and volunteers on child abuse risks.
  6. We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children, children from a culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.
  7. We have specific policies, procedures and training in place that support our leadership team, staff and volunteers to achieve these commitments.

School Council has allocated roles and responsibilities to various members of the staff and community to ensure adherence to the Child Safety Standards.

Standard Two: A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety.
Child Safe Policy 2018 – 2021

Standard Three: A code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children.
Child Safe Code of Conduct

Standard Four: Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel.
Child Safety Recruitment Practices
Child Safety Recruitment Checklist
Working With Children Check Policy 2018 – 2021

Standard Five: Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse.
Mandatory Reporting Policy 2018 – 2021
Child Safe Reporting Obligations Policy and Procedures 2019 – 2022

Standard Six: Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse.
Child Safety Risk Assessment 2018  // Child Safety Risk Assessment 2019
OHS Policy

Standard Seven: Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.
Wellbeing and Engagement 2018-2021
Child Safety Day Resources – The Child Safety Day 3 to 6  /  The Child Safety Day K to 2
Inclusion and Diversity Policy 2018-2022


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