Child Safety Standards

Chelsea Heights Primary School has always set high standards and expectations to ensure our school is a safe, happy and productive environment. During 2016, the new Child Safe Standards were released and upon self reflection as a school, we are in a great place with a lot of the work we have done and continue to do. We hope this page helps you and the wider community become more familiar with the Standards, what your role is within the community and how we as a school continue to work towards these standards.


To create and maintain a child safe organisation Chelsea Heights Primary School will be implementing, reviewing and improving each of the standards as below:


Standard 1 – Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements

STA015 - Child Safety and Effective Leadership

 

Standard 2 - Develop, implement and review a child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety

WEL024 – Child Safety Policy statement

WEL007 – Student Engagement & Inclusion Policy

 

Standard 3 - Review current code of conduct so that it establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children

WEL028 – Child Safety – Acceptable and Unacceptable Behaviours

STA011 – Child Safety Code of Conduct
STA007 – Staff Code of Conduct

Standard 4 - Implement appropriate screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel

(use the policies in VRQA – CHPS Child Safe Standards Evidence – Standard 4)

STA008 – Human Resource Practices

STA009 – Recruitment Practices

STA010 – Training, Induction & Review

 

Standard 5 - Continue to develop & implement processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse in line with DET
WEL020 – Child Protection and Mandatory Reporting

WEL025 – Procedures when disclosure is made

WEL002 – Raising concerns and complaints

 

Standard 6 - Implement recommended strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
WEL026 – Risk Management Approach

 

Standard 7 - Further develop strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.

WEL027 – Promote Participation and Empowerment of Children



In complying with the child safe standards Chelsea Heights Primary School includes the following principles as part of each standard:

  • promoting the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
  • promoting the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • promoting the safety of vulnerable children and children with a disability.
  • make reasonable efforts to accommodate all students


Chelsea Heights Primary School is embedding a culture of Child Safety at the school in numerous ways already. We encourage the community to add value to any of these strategies and policies by contacting us with your ideas and feedback for improvement. Below is a snapshot of ways we have in the past, are currently and will in to the future, embed the Child Safety Standards.

  • Development and implementation of a Child Safety Policy via School Council.
  • Zero tolerance of Child abuse – all staff are trained in Mandatory Reporting annually
  • An effective Student Engagement & Well Being Policy
  • Promotion of standards via newsletter and website
  • Provide and deliver an engaging curriculum
  • Have clearly defined roles within the school
  • Provide supervision of students (from 8:45am – 3:45pm) – A Yard Duty Roster is implemented each school day.
  • Planning across the school
  • Procedures for first aid and medications, mandatory reporting, etc
  • Behavior expectations from the staff, students and families
  • Effective review of practices of programs and policies
  • Links to Child Safe Standards on Website
  • Fortnightly staff meetings have “Welfare” on the Agenda with actions to follow through
  • The school will support or assist children and families who disclose on a case by case issue
  • Code of Conduct published on our website.
  • When advertising a job that has child-connected work, the jobs requirements, duties and responsibilities include Child Safety and essential qualifications, experience and attributes to Child Safety. DET recruitment online will implement this.
  • Induction process outlines Child Safety practices including Code of Conduct.
  • The school makes reasonable efforts to gather, verify and record information about a person whom it proposes to engage to perform child-connected work (Working With Children Check, Police Check etc) School Policy for Working with Children.
  • Appropriate Supervision of the above mentioned is in place
  • The School Council will endorsed clear procedures for responding to allegations of suspected child abuse

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