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Promoting a Child Safe Culture

The safety of our students at Christian College Geelong is paramount, and to this end we have invested heavily in developing policies, procedures and practices to positively impact our culture.
This has involved a range of strategies to both inform and equip all staff at the College regarding issues of child safety, professional conduct and reporting. 

Christian College has a zero tolerance for child abuse and we are committed to acting in our children’s best interests, keeping them safe from harm. 

The College regards its child protection responsibilities with the utmost importance and, as such, is committed to providing the necessary resources to ensure compliance with all relevant child protection laws and regulations.

All of the work our staff have undertaken thus far, allows us to comply with Ministerial Order Number 870. This Order prescribes certain matters with which all registered schools must comply as part of their registration requirements. Staff have completed additional training in this area, made up of nine online modules to promote knowledge, understanding and professional practice. Child Safety Officers have also been appointed at each of our College Campuses to continue this work and to act as points of contact for students, staff and families.
The Victorian Child Safe Standards, comprising seven (7) Standards and three (3) Principles are outlined below:

The seven (7) Standards:

  • Standard 1: Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements.

  • Standard 2: A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety.

  • Standard 3: A code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children.

  • Standard 4: Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel.

  • Standard 5: Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse.

  • Standard 6: Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse.

  • Standard 7: Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.

In addition to the seven (7) Standards, the College is required to take into consideration the following three (3) Principles as part of our response to each Standard: 

  • Principle 1: Promoting the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

  • Principle 2: Promoting the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

  • Principle 3: Promoting the safety of children with a disability.

In support of the Child Safe Standards, Christian College Geelong has also developed a Child Protection and Safety Policy. This policy is an over-arching document that provides key elements of our approach to protecting children from abuse. The policy forms the foundation of the College’s procedures, practices, decision-making processes, and ultimately the College’s culture with respect to child safety.

The Policy is published on our website and can also be accessed and viewed HERE.

Christian College will continue to develop work systems, practices, policies and procedures to maintain a child safe environment that ultimately assists us to embed an organisational culture of child safety within the entire College community.

Scott Elliss
Vice Principal

 

 

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