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Principle
Fiona Rosa

Phone
03 9466 1810

Email
thomastown.meadows.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au

Address
13 - 21 Diplomat Drive
Thomastown, Vic, 3074

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Commitment to Child Safety


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

 

  1. Standard 1 - Good leadership & governance in child safe school - strategies to embed a school culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements
  2. Standard 2 - Commitment to Child Safety Policy - a child safe statement of commitment to child safety
  3. Standard 3 Code of Conduct - a code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children
  4. 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
  5. Standard 5 Reporting Child Abuse - processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
  6. Standard 6 Identifying and Reducing Risks - strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
  7. 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.