Child Safe Standards
What are the Standards?
The Child Safe Standards require schools to consider all aspects of child safety and put measures in place to protect children from all forms of abuse, including:
- Sexual or grooming offences
- Physical violence
- Family violence
- Serious emotional psychological harm
They are compulsory minimum standards for all organisations that provide services to children including Victorian schools. The Standards are a result of recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust Inquiry and evidence of what works to prevent child abuse. The legislative requirement to create and maintain a safe organisation falls under the Victorian Child Safe Standards: Managing the Risk of Child Abuse in Schools, as set out in Ministerial Order No. 870 that came into effect on 1st August, 2016. Children are defined in the Standards as anyone under 18 years old.
Child Safe Standards aim to:
- Promote the safety of children
- Prevent child abuse
- Ensure effective processes are in place to respond to and report all allegations of child abuse.
Child Safe Standards work by:
- Embedding child safety in everyday thinking and practice
- Providing a minimum standard of child safety
- Highlighting that we all have a role to keep children safe from abuse.
All children are vulnerable but some children need special care and protection to ensure they are safe. In complying with the Child Safe Standards, schools need to be mindful of the diversity of their students and school communities and include the following inclusion principles as part of each standard.
- Promoting the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
- Promoting the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds
- Promoting the safety of children with a disability
There are seven Child Safe Standards:
- Standard 1: Governance and leadership
- Standard 2: Clear commitment to child safety
- Standard 3: Code of conduct
- Standard 4: Human resource practices
- Standard 5: Responding and reporting
- Standard 6: Risk management and mitigation
- Standard 7: Empowering children.
Manifold Heights Primary School is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people and have zero tolerance for any form of child abuse. We implement the Child Safe Standards to ensure the safety and well-being of all students and promote an organisational culture that manages the risk of child abuse, harm or neglect. We believe that the Standards strengthen our existing practices to prevent and respond to child abuse while maintaining consistency in how we manage any potential concerns in our school.
Manifold Heights Primary School Child Safety Policies
- Child Safety Code Of Conduct
- Child Safety Policy
- Child Safety Responding And Reporting Obligations Policy And Procedures
- Student Wellbeing and Engagement Policy