Child Protection Policy

CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

 

Policy

Austin Cove Baptist College promotes a safe, caring and positive community in which all students are welcomed and cared for. The College maintains that all students have a right to be protected from harm on school property and demonstrates this commitment through the implementation of a comprehensive Child Protection Program designed to keep children safe.

 

It is the responsibility of staff to care for students and this responsibility may extend to responses regarding the identification of possible sexual, physical, psychological and emotional abuse or neglect. (Department of Education: Child Protection Policy Updated 2012)

 

Child Safe Standards

The College’s commitment to child safety is based on the Standards found within the Royal Commission’s Creating Child Safe Institutions (2016) which guide the development and regular review of our strategies, policies and procedures, systems and processes to protect children from abuse.

 

These Standards are as follows:

1.     Child Safety is embedded in institutional leadership, governance and culture.

2.     Children participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously.

3.     Families and communities are informed and involved.

4.     Equity is upheld and diverse needs are taken into account.

5.     People working with children are suitable and supported.

6.     Processes to respond to complaints of child sexual abuse are child focused.

7.     Staff are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children safe through continual education and training.

8.     Physical and online environments minimise the opportunity for abuse to occur.

9.     Implementation of the Child Safe Standards is continuously reviewed and improved.

10.  Policies and procedures document how the institution is child safe.