Nelson Park School has always set high standards and expectations to ensure our school is a safe, happy and productive environment. On 26 November 2015, the Victorian Parliament passed the Child Wellbeing and Safety Amendment (Child Safe Standards) Bill 2015 to introduce child safe standards into law.
The child safe standards aim to drive cultural change in organisations that provide services for children so that protecting children from abuse is embedded in everyday thinking and practice. Nelson Park School implement the Child Safe Standards to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all students at the school and promote an organisational culture that manages the risk of child abuse and neglect.
To help create and maintain a child safe organisation and adhere to the Child Safe
Standards, we are required to have the following items in place:
- Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements
- A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety
- A code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children
- Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
- Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
- Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
- Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.
We firmly believe that these standards will further strengthen our existing practices already in place to prevent and respond to child abuse while also maintaining consistency in how we manage any potential concerns in our school. They will also reflect our commitment to maintaining a community wide culture focused on nurturing healthy and happy young people who know that they are well protected and have the right to feel safe from any form of harm.