From the 1st July, all schools must comply with the Victorian Government’s new Child Safe Standards. The new Child Safe Standards consist of 11 standards. All school policies relating to the new Child Safe standards have been reviewed, updated and approved by School Council at the School Council meeting held on the 16th June. These policies are available in the 'Policies' section of our school website or by clicking on the name of the policy at the bottom of this page.
The Victorian Government has announced new Child Safe Standards to further strengthen child safety across organisations, including schools. The new standards recognise the critical importance of families and the broader school community in maintaining and promoting child safety and wellbeing.
We have reviewed and updated our child safety policies and procedures to ensure they meet the requirements of the new standards. These policies will be presented to School Council for consultation and approval at the June 16th Meeting. You can view the policies here:
We are committed to continuous improvement in our approach to child safety and wellbeing and welcome feedback from families and members of our school community on ways we can further strengthen our child safety policies, procedures and practices.
If you have any suggestions, comments or questions, please email the school.
Once these policies have been approved by School Council, we will inform families through the newsletter, and they will be available on our website in the Policies section.
More information regarding the Child Safe Standards will also be provided through the newsletter in Term 3.
In 2013, the Victorian Parliament held an inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Non-Government Organisations, resulting in the Betrayal of Trust Report. As a result, the Victorian Government is phasing in Child Safe Standards for organisations that work with children, including schools.Bonbeach Primary School is committed to child safety and to our children being principled, caring, balanced members of our community. We are committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of our children and have zero tolerance of child abuse. All allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently. We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow rigorously. The school is committed to regularly training and educating our staff and volunteers on child abuse risks and all staff undertake Mandatory Reporting training.We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers, and are committed to the cultural safety of children from diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.Policies, Resources and Newsletter Articles:
Child Safety Policy
Child Safety Code of Conduct
Child Safety Responding and Reporting Obligations Policy and Resources
Newsletter Artlice 1 - 14.7.22
Newsletter Article 2 - 21.7.22Feeling Safe: For Primary School StudentsProtecting Children From Abuse: For Parents and Carers