Child Safe Standard 1 - Culturally Safe Environments
Guidance on Child Safe Standard 1: Establish a culturally safe environment in which the diverse and unique identities and experiences of Aboriginal children and young people are respected and valued.
This is a new standard that requires schools to make sure Aboriginal children and young people feel safe. This guidance applies to all schools, even if there are no students who have identified themselves as Aboriginal.
The term ‘Aboriginal’ includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It is important to be respectful of how individual children, students, their families and community refer to themselves, and use appropriate language.
Cultural safety includes being provided with a safe, nurturing and positive environment where Aboriginal children:
To address Child Safe Standard 1: Culturally Safe Environments we have updated and communicated the following policies to meet the requirements that address this standard:
Child Safety and Wellbeing Policy
Student Engagement and Wellbeing Policy
Inclusion and Diversity Policy including Equal Opportunity and Sexual Harrassment
Statement of Values and School Philosophy
Bullying Prevention Policy
Child Safe Standard 2 - Child safety and wellbeing
Guidance on Child Safe Standard 2: Ensure that child safety and wellbeing are embedded in school leadership, governance and culture.
This standard emphasises the vital role that school leaders and governing authorities have in establishing:
Schools must take deliberate steps to promote child safety and wellbeing and protect children by embedding and promoting a child safety culture at all levels of the organisation
Actions in place to meet this standard
Ardeer South Primary School has developed and revised Child Safety and Wellbeing Policy that details:
To comply with this standard at Ardeer South Primary School we have worked to:
Child Safety Risk Management
All students are vulnerable to child safety risks. The Child Safe Standards require schools to put in place systems and processes to help prevent harm to students. A thorough risk analysis is in place at Ardeer South to prevent harm to students. Risk analysis provides the foundation for all other child safety work.
All child safety risks have severe consequences. At Ardeer South we assess child safety risk with a focus on preventing and reducing child abuse and harm. We manage and monitor risks by regularly reviewing our risk assessment.
Schools must document their risk management approach and put in place treatments to reduce child safety risks.
Ministerial Order 1359 provides the framework for child safety in schools. It requires all schools to undertake a child safety risk assessment.
To comply with the order we have developed and put in place risk management strategies that:
Child Safe Standard 3 - Child and student empowerment
Guidance on Child Safe Standard 3: Children and young people are empowered about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously.
This standard supports schools to create a culture that values and promotes student participation. This includes:
At Ardeer South Primary school we have curriculum planning documents that describe what the school will do to support child and student empowerment. Through our social and emotional learning and the Resilience, Rights and Respectful Relationships program we:
Relevant Ardeer South Policies
Curriculum Planning Policy
Child Safe Standard 4 - Family Engagement
This standard highlights the importance of an open and transparent child safe culture for families and communities.
At Ardeer South we provide families and communities with accessible information about their child safe policies and practices and involve them in their approach to child safety and wellbeing.
Involving families and communities in decisions relating to their children’s safety and wellbeing:
To comply with this standard at Ardeer South we:
Child Safe Standard 5 - Diversity and Equity
This standard focuses on creating environments where all children and young people feel welcome.
Equity is a state of fairness in which all children and young people can participate freely and equally in areas of life, regardless of their background, characteristics or beliefs. This means their safety is not dependent on their socio-economic, family or personal circumstances.
As part of this standard, schools must:
In complying with Child Safe Standard 5, at Ardeer South Primary School we work to ensure:
5.1 The organisation, including staff and volunteers, understands children and young people’s diverse circumstances, and provides support and responds to those who are vulnerable.
5.2 Children and young people have access to information, support and complaints processes in ways that are culturally safe, accessible and easy to understand.
5.3 The organisation pays particular attention to the needs of children and young people with disability, children and young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, those who are unable to live at home, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex children and young people.
5.4 The organisation pays particular attention to the needs of Aboriginal children and young people and provides/promotes a culturally safe environment for them.
Relevant Policy : Inclusion and Diversity Policy - Including Equal Opportunity
Child Safe Standard 6 - Suitable Staff and Volunteers
This standard focuses on ensuring that people who work with children and young people are suitable and supported to act in a child safe way. Schools should make child safety and wellbeing a key consideration when recruiting staff and volunteers.
Selecting suitable people to work with children is vital to protecting children from harm.
Good recruitment practices:
Rigorous selection processes and appropriate training and supervision helps keep staff and students safe. This standard helps schools meet child safety and occupational health and safety legal requirements.
To comply with this standard, at Ardeer South Primary School we:
Our school considers risks related to volunteers and their roles. Our Volunteers Policy outlines expectations for volunteers.
In addition, at Ardeer South Primary School we:
Relevant Ardeer South Policies
Staff Recruitment Policy
Refer to the Department's Policy and Advisory Library for policy and guidance on Working with Children and Other Suitability Checks for School Volunteers and Visitors
Child Safe Standard 7 - Complaints Processes
This standard focuses on ensuring that schools have complaints processes that are child-focused, culturally safe and accessible to everyone.
Schools must have policies, procedures and practices to
To comply with this standard, at Ardeer South we have:
Child Safe Standard 8 - Child Safety knowledge, skills and awareness
This standard focuses on building child safety knowledge, skills and awareness in staff, volunteers and school governing authorities.
All schools should deliver training to new and existing staff and volunteers. The training must be tailored to the needs of the school and the role the person performs at the school.
Child Safety Standards Induction Handbook
All relevant legislation and Child Safe Policies
Child Safe Standard 9 - Child Safety in physical and online environments
This standard focuses on child safety and wellbeing in physical and online environments and ensuring that procurement also reflects child safety.
Schools need to have policies and strategies:
Schools must analyse and understand potential risks to students. It is important to think about risks created by school structure and culture, activities and physical and online environments.
Online technologies are constantly changing which presents significant challenges for schools, parents and carers. Online behaviour needs to be addressed in the Child Safety and Wellbeing Policy and Codes of Conduct to promote child safety.
Arrangements with external agencies also create child safety risks. They create opportunities for unknown people to have contact with students.
To comply with this standard, at minimum, schools must:
Digital Learning Policy
Respectful Behaviours Within the School Community
Child Safe Standard 10
Review of Child Safety Practices
This standard focuses on continuous improvement in child-safe policies, procedures and practices.
To comply with this standard, at Ardeer South we:
Ardeer South Primary School acknowledges that being a child-safe organisation requires ongoing effort. We will always strive to create a Child safe organisation with an open and transparent culture, putting the interests of children first.
Regular reviews of policies, procedures and practices:
Policies to review:
Child Safe Standard 11
Implementation of Child Safe Practices
Guidance on Child Safe Standard 11: Policies and procedures that document how schools are safe for children, young people and students.
This standard focuses on incorporating the 11 Child Safe Standards into school policies, procedures and practices, which work together to create a child-safe culture.
Schools should ensure these policies and procedures are:
School Council Training
This presentation is delivered to school council members at Ardeer South Primary School.
The presentation contributes to multiple requirements in the Child Safe Standards.
The school council has a specific role in:
School council training- Child Safe Standards (PPTX, 741KB).
This presentation is delivered to school staff, including contractors in child-related work at Ardeer South Primary School.
Annual child safety training for staff is mandatory under the Child Safe Standards.
This presentation contributes to:
School staff training- Child Safe Standards (PPTX, 1MB).
This prsentation is delivered to volunteers in child-related work in government schools. It may be adapted for use in all Victorian schools.
Under the Child Safe Standards volunteers must receive an induction and training in child safety that is appropriate to their role and responsibilities.
Volunteer training - Child Safe Standards (PPTX, 2.3MB).
On conclusion of your induction please complete and return a signed Code of Conduct to the Principal.
All policies mentioned in this handbook are available on the school website or at the office.
Any questions regarding any aspect of our Child Safety policies and procedures please speak to the Principal team.