Commitment to Child Safe Standards

Implementation Summary 

Belmore School prides itself on being a child safe environment. Our school actively promotes the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm within our school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards. Belmore School has Child Safe and Child Safe Code of Conduct policies in place to guide our practice in ensuring the safety of all students. Where required, current Department information is referenced in the application of the Child Safe Standards.

Belmore School implements the Child Safe Standards through the following processes:

1. Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety
This is addressed through the Student Engagement and Wellbeing Policy and school values. The distributed leadership model Principal, Engagement and Wellbeing Leader and Leading Teachers share responsibility in leading the school community in our commitment to child safety.

2. A child safety policy or a statement of commitment to child safety
This is addressed through the Child Safe Policy, Child Safe Code of Conduct Policy, Child Protection and Mandatory Reporting Policy and the Belmore School Child Safe Standards Implementation Summary.

3. A child safety code of conduct
This is addressed through the Child Safe Code of Conduct Policy. Belmore School staff are educated on the code of conduct through the induction process. Members of the school community, volunteers, visitors and contractors are provided with the Belmore School Child Safe Standards Implementation Summary and directed to the school website for additional information.

4. Screening, supervision, training and other human resource practices that reduce the risk of child abuse
This is addressed through implementation of Department Recruitment in Schools polices and guidelines and Probation Guidelines, comprehensive staff induction, register of VIT registration and WWCC documentation and ongoing professional learning in maintaining a child-safe environment.

5. Procedures for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
This is addressed through the Child Protection and Mandatory Reporting Policy, following the guidance of the document Identifying and Responding to all Forms of Abuse in Victorian Schools and implementation of the Department’s Four Critical Actions when responding to an incident, disclosure or suspicion of child abuse – 1. Responding to an emergency; 2. Reporting to Authorities; 3. Contacting parents/carers; 4. Providing on-going support.

6. Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
This is addressed through staff knowledge of the document Spotting the Warning Signs of Child Abuse: For School Staff, implementation of the Student Engagement and Wellbeing Policy, Working with Children Policy, Visitors Policy and completion of risk assessments as per requirements. All parents, carers and volunteers working with students must hold a current Working with Children Check and undertake a comprehensive orientation program.

7. Strategies to promote child participation and empowerment
This is addressed through implementation of the Student Engagement and Wellbeing Policy, student participation in personal and social capabilities programs and ongoing support for students to become competent and confident communicators.

Belmore School policies, procedures and support documentation are located on the staff U-drive in the Child Safe Standards Folder.

References:

Contacts:

  • DHHS Child Protection – 24 hour service – 131 278
  • Victoria Police – 000
  • Department of Education and Training Security Services Unit – (03) 9603 7999