Commitment to Child Safety Standards

Wonthaggi Primary is committed to child safety. As a community we want children to be safe, happy and empowered. We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers. We are committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children. There is zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently with our robust policies and procedures. We meet our legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow rigorously. Wonthaggi Primary is committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early, and removing and reducing these risks. We have robust human resources and recruitment practices for all staff and volunteers. Our school is committed to regularly training and educating our staff and volunteers on child abuse risks. As a community we support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children, the cultural safety of children from a culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability. Wonthaggi Primary has specific policies, procedures and training in places that support our leadership team, staff and volunteers to achieve these commitments.

 At Wonthaggi Primary:

 · Everyone connected to our school can help children be safe.
 · We have zero tolerance for any abuse of children.
 · We already have policies and processes in place to protect the care, safety and welfare of children. These are being strengthened to ensure a zero tolerance approach to child abuse. As policies are ratified at school council, they will be made available to your through the newsletter and on our web page.
 · There will be clear boundaries about how adults in our school community may interact with the children here set out in our school’s Child Safe Code of Conduct.

For supporting documents, follow the links below:

Child Safe Standards Poster
Child Safety Officer
Flowchart Child Safety Reporting Process
Protecting Children from Abuse
Tipsheet - children from culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds
Tipsheet - Cultural Safety for Aboriginal Children
Tipsheet - Safey of Children with a Disability
Wonthaggi Pimary School - Child Safety Commitment Statement
Wonthaggi Primary School - Child Safe Code of Conduct
Wonthaggi Primary School - Child Safety Policy
Wonthaggi Primary School - Mandatory Reporting Policy