Statement of Commitment
The Avondale Primary School community is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making.
Avondale Primary School has zero tolerance for child abuse.
The Avondale Primary School community is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard in relation to decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Indigenous children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, international students, as well as the safety of children with a disability.
Every person involved in the Avondale Primary School community 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 Avondale Primary School will:
Code of Conduct
This Code of Conduct aims to protect children and reduce any opportunities for child abuse or harm to occur. The Principal and school leaders of Avondale Primary School will support implementation and monitoring of the Code of Conduct, and will plan, implement and monitor arrangements to provide an inclusive, safe and orderly school and other learning environment.
All staff, volunteers, contractors, visitors and any other members of the school community involved in child related work at Avondale Primary School are required to comply with the Code of Conduct by observing expectations for appropriate behaviour. The Code of Conduct applies in all school situations, including schools camps, excursions and in the use of digital technology and media.
Click here to view a copy of our Code of Conduct
Child Safe Standards
At Avondale Primary School there is a school-wide approach towards ensuring the safety of all children. The school follows the Department of Health and Human Service’s seven Child Safe Standards, which are:
The school actively implements policies and procedures to cover all areas of the standards, including:
Avondale Primary School is committed to ensuring the safety of all students in its community. The school achieves this by developing a culture of safety through risk management to identify and remove risks of child abuse, policy development and implementation, code of conduct screening, supervision and training, processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse and strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children. In order to ensure the safety of children, the school has appointed a Child Safety Leader (Assistant Principal) and developed policies and procedures in conjunction with the Child Safe Standards.
Identified Child Safety leader: Joe Scarfo (Assistant Principal)
The role of Child Safety Leader includes leadership support and the ability to direct other staff (where appropriate) to undertake the role effectively.
Key Activities of a Child Safety Leader at Avondale Primary School
Broad areas of the role are to:
Provide authoritative advice
Being authoritative in providing advice by:
The school’s policies can be viewed on-line under the policies tab or at the bottom of this page.
As part of meeting the Child Safe Standards, the school pays special attention to at-risk groups, to promote:
The school also implements specific DET strategies to support any students who are deemed as being in out-of-home care and has a designated Child Safety Leader (Assistant Principal/ Welfare Coordinator) with the responsibility to oversee the safety and wellbeing of these students.
The school has a strong focus on Cybersafety to ensure that students are aware of potential risks when using digital technologies and how to manage and avoid these risks. Student learn about appropriate, positive behaviours through in class activities, online webinars and visiting presentations.
Specific child safety responsibilities:
Jill Benham, Principal, is responsible for reviewing and updating the Child Safety Policy annually
Jill Benham, Principal, is responsible for monitoring the school’s compliance with the Child Safety Policy
Jill Benham, Principal, is responsible for informing the school community about the Child Safety policy, and making it publicly available.
All Avondale Primary School staff are responsible for providing a child safe environment
Further information about Child Safe Standards can be found at :http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/default.aspx PROTECT Parent information is available in different languages at: https://www.education.vic.gov.au/parents/safety/Pages/child-protection.aspxClick here to view a copy of our Child Safety Responding & Reporting Policy, Four Critical Actions, Risk Management Policy and Child Safe Environment Policy.Department of Education International Student CRICOS Provider Code 00861K