THE CHILD SAFE STANDARDS
Ministerial Order No. 870 sets out the specific actions that schools need to take to meet the child safe standards. The introduction of child safe standards form part of the Victorian Government’s response to the recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust report, which found that more must be done to prevent and respond to child abuse in schools.
The standards will promote cultures where protecting children from abuse is part of everyday thinking and practice in organisations.
The Child Safe Standards set out to create safe places for children to fully and actively participate in the life of the community benefiting everyone. Point Cook College will ensure that the children in its care are protected to the best of its ability and in line with their duty of care and the compulsory child safe standards.
To create and maintain a child safe school, we will comply with the following standards.
Standard 1 - Good leadership & governance in child safe school - strategies to embed a school culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements
Standard 2 - Commitment to Child Safety Policy - a child safe statement of commitment to child safety
Standard 3 – Code of Conduct - a code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children
Standard 4 – Human Resources Practices - screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
Standard 5 – Reporting Child Abuse - processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
Standard 6 – Identifying and Reducing Risks - strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
Standard 7 – Empowering Children - strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.
In complying with the child safe standards above, we will be mindful of the diversity of students and school communities and include the following inclusion principles as part of each standard:
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