As I have mentioned in previous newsletters, new Child Safe Standards are in place for all schools across the state. These have required us to modify some of our practices as we work to ensure our school environment is a safe, supportive and inclusive place for all students. Over the next few newsletters I will be outlining these changes, and promoting these standards.
OUR COMMITMENT TO CHILD SAFETY
This school has a commitment to zero tolerance of child abuse.
We support and respect all children as well as our staff and volunteers.
We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.
We want children at this school to be safe, happy and empowered.
We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow rigorously.
Every person involved in Kilsyth Primary School has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make
CHILD SAFE CODE OF CONDUCT
As part of meeting the Child Safe standards, we have written a Code of Conduct.
This Code of Conduct aims to:
- To promote child safety in the school environment
- To establish a common understanding and clear expectations of the standards of behaviour expected of all school staff, volunteers and visitors in relation to children enrolled as students of the school.
- To take into account the interests of school staff (including other professional or occupational codes of conduct that regulate particular school staff) and the needs of all children
- To be consistent with the school’s child safety strategies, policies and procedures
The Code of Conduct applies to school staff in all school environments
School staff means:
An individual working in a school environment who is:
- Employed under Part 2.4 of the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (ERT Act) in the government teaching service or
- Employed under a contract of service by the school council under Part 2.3 of the ETR Act or
- A volunteer or a contracted service provider (whether or not a body corporate or any other person is an intermediary)
School environments include, both during and outside of school hours, any physical or virtual place made available or authorised by the School Council or the Principal including:
- All on site locations both indoors and outdoors
- All other locations provided by the school for a child’s use (including, without limitation, locations used for school camps, sporting events, excursions, competitions and other events as well as bus travel)
- Online school environments (including email and intranet systems)
It is a condition that any person working or volunteering at our school sign their agreement to this Code of Conduct.
If you are volunteering to attend an excursion, help out in class, or any other activity involving students at our school you will be provided with and asked to agree to the Code of Conduct.