Child Safe

As part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to implementing the recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust report, there is a new regulatory landscape surrounding child safety, underpinned by new Child Safe Standards.
The Child Safe Standards are compulsory minimum standards for all Victorian schools, to ensure they are well prepared to protect children from abuse and neglect.
To create and maintain a child safe organisation, and comply with the Child Safe Standards, Mount Waverley North Primary School has:

  1. strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements

  2. a child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety

  3. a code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children

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

  5. processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse

  6. strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse

  7. strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.

We also embed the principle of inclusion, taking into account the diversity of all children, including (but not limited to) the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, children with disabilities, and children who are vulnerable; and making reasonable efforts to accommodate these matters.

MWNPS Statement of Commitment to Child Safety
MWNPS Child Safe Policy
MWNPS Child Safety Code of Conduct
MWNPS Child Safety Responding and Reporting Obligations (Including Mandatory Reporting)
Four Critical Actions - Responding to Incidents, Disclosures and Suspicions of Child Abuse
MWNPS Child Safe Reporting Flow Chart

For more information on the Child Safe Standards please see:

Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA)
Department of Education and Training
Department of Health and Human Services