STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT TO CHILD SAFETY
Ivanhoe East Primary School is committed to safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making. Ivanhoe East Primary School has zero tolerance for child abuse. Ivanhoe East is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability. Every person involved in Ivanhoe East 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. In its planning, decision-making and operations Ivanhoe East Primary School will:
- Take a preventative, proactive and participatory approach to child safety;
- Value and empower children to participate in decisions which affect their lives;
- Foster a culture of openness that supports all persons to safely disclose risks of harm to children
- Respect diversity in cultures and child rearing practices while keeping child safety paramount;
- Provide written guidance on appropriate conduct and behaviour towards children;
- Engage only the most suitable people to work with children and have high quality staff and volunteer supervision and professional development;
- Ensure children know who to talk with if they are worried or are feeling unsafe, and that they are comfortable and encouraged to raise such issues;
- Report suspected abuse, neglect or mistreatment promptly to the appropriate authorities
- Share information appropriately and lawfully with other organisations where the safety and wellbeing of children is at risk; and
- Value the input of and communicate regularly with families and carers.
At the School Council meeting in October 2017 a number of our policies were updated to reflect the Department of Education and Training’s latest advice regarding situations where a Working With Children Check is required. School Council agreed that from the beginning of 2028 all parents/carers who wish to volunteer their time in whatever capacity, will be required to have a WWC check.
The Working With Children Check is a minimum checking standard set by the Working With Children Act 2005 for those who work with children, either on a paid or voluntary basis. To be a volunteer at a school a Working with Children Card provided by the Department of Justice is required. This card is:
- valid for 5 years
- transferable between volunteer organisations
- free of charge for volunteers, but cannot be used for paid employment.
You can apply online using this link: http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/home/applications/
When you have received your card, please bring it to the office so that we can make a copy and inform the class teacher.