Child Safe Standards

Commitment to Child Safety

The Child Safe Standards Ministerial Order No. 870 sets out the specific actions that schools need to take to meet the child safe standards. The introduction of child safe standards form part of the Victorian Government’s response to the recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust report, which found that more must be done to prevent and respond to child abuse in schools. The standards will promote cultures where protecting children from abuse is part of everyday thinking and practice in organisations.   The Child Safe Standards set out to create safe places for children to fully and actively participate in the life of the community benefiting everyone. Thomastown Meadows Primary School will ensure that the children in its care are protected to the best of its ability and in line with their duty of care and the compulsory child safe standards.

The Standards   To create and maintain a child safe school, we will comply with the following standards.

Standard 1 Good leadership & governance in child safe school – strategies to embed a school culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements

Standard 2 Commitment to Child Safety Policy – a child safe statement of commitment to child safety

Standard 3 Code of Conduct – a code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children

Standard 4 Human Resources Practices – screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel

Standard 5 Reporting Child Abuse – processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse

Standard 6 Identifying and Reducing Risks – strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse

Standard 7 Empowering Children – strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.

Ministerial Order No. 870 has set out the specific actions for schools to take to meet these requirements In complying with the child safe standards above, we will be mindful of the diversity of students and school communities and include the following inclusion principles as part of each standard:

  • promoting the cultural safety of Aboriginal children
  • promoting the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse and vulnerable backgrounds
  • promoting the safety of children with a disability

Thomastown Meadows Primary School is committed to promoting and protecting the interest and safety of all children by providing an environment where children are safe, feel safe and their voices are heard.