In 2013, the Victorian Parliament held an inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Non-Government Organisations, resulting in the Betrayal of Trust Report. As a result, the Victorian Government is phasing in Child Safe Standards for organisations that work with children, including schools.
Hesket Primary School is committed to Child Safety and to our children being principled, caring, balanced members of our community. We are committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of our children and have zero tolerance of child abuse. All allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently. We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow rigorously. The school is committed to regularly training and educating our staff and volunteers on child abuse risks and all staff undertake Mandatory Reporting training.
We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers, and are committed to the cultural safety of children from diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.
Please see below for links to our Child Safe Policy, Statement of Commitment to Child Safety, newsletter articles and other helpful links.
Standard 1: Culturally Safe Environments
Standard 2: Child Safety and Wellbeing are Embedded Through School
Standard 3: Children and Students are Empowered About Their Rights
Standard 4: Engaging with Families and Communities are Partners in Promoting Child Safety
Standard 5: Diversity and Equity is Upheld
Standard 6: Suitable Staff and Volunteers
Standard 7: Appropriate Processes for Complaints and Concerns
Standard 8: Staff and Volunteers Awareness of Child Safety Knowledge
Standard 9: Child Safety in Physical and Online Environments is Promoted
Standard 10:Regular Review of Child Safety Practices
Standard 11: Implementation of Child Safety Policies, Procedures and Documents
13th February 2020
29th May 2020