Child Safe Standards

Child Safe Standards

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Introduction

Sacred Heart School, Casterton is a Child Safe School. We have a zero-tolerance stance on child abuse and are committed to the protection of all children from all forms of abuse.

The Child Safe Standards are about keeping children safe. The care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people at Sacred Heart School is our highest priority. Sacred Heart School is committed to strengthening practices for the protection of children and young people in line with the Victorian Government Child Safety Reforms.

Founded in Christ and sustained by faith, Sacred Heart School seeks to fulfill its mission of enabling each student to come into the fullness of their own humanity. This includes paying attention to the inherent dignity of children and young people and their fundamental right to be respected, nurtured and safeguarded by all. Keeping children safe is everyone's responsibility. 

Sacred Heart School is committed to implementing 'The Child Safe Standards'  which include the following seven standards:
Inclusions Principles:

  • Aboriginal cultural safety

  • Cultural Safety for Children from a culturally and/or linguistically diverse background

  • Children with a disability

Standard 1: To embed an organisational culture of child safety.
Standard 2: Create a child safety policy or a statement of commitment to child safety.
Standard 3: Adopt a child safety code of conduct for all staff, parents, visiting workers and volunteers
Standard 4: Ensure staff selection, supervision and management practices for a child safe environment.
Standard 5: Embed procedures for responding to and reporting allegations of suspected child abuse.
Standard 6: Ensure that there are strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse.
Standard 7: Ensure there are strategies to promote child empowerment and participation.
 
The Child Protection Officer at Sacred Heart School, Casterton is Evan Wrobel.

Below are links which contain the relevant policies, procedures and statements.

Child Protection Officer Role Statement

Child Safe Policy

Child Safe Procedure

Child Safe Code of Conduct (to be signed by all staff, volunteers and contractors before working in the school)

Recruitment Policy and Procedures

Child Safe - Reporting Procedure

Child Safe Commitment Statement

Working with Children Check Policy

Child Safety Information