Avondale Primary School is committed to providing a child safe and child friendly environment, where students are safe and feel safe.
Our child safety and wellbeing policies (below) outline the measures and strategies we have in place to support, promote and maintain the safety and wellbeing of our students:
As valuable partners in promoting and maintaining child safety and wellbeing at Avondale Primary School we welcome and encourage your feedback.
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Statement of Commitment to Child Safety
Avondale Primary School is a child safe organisation which welcomes all children, young people and their families.
We are committed to providing environments where our students are safe and feel safe, where their participation is valued, their views respected, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Our child safe policies, strategies and practices are inclusive of the needs of all children and students.
Avondale Primary school’s approach to creating and maintaining a child safe school environment is guided by our school philosophy and values. At Avondale Primary School our vision is ‘to create a community that strives for excellence through high quality learning, engagement and wellbeing for all.’
We have no tolerance for child abuse and take proactive steps to identify and manage any risk of harm to students in our school environments.
We promote positive relationships between students and adults and between students and their peers. These relationships are based on trust and respect.
When child safety concerns are raised or identified, we treat these seriously and respond promptly and thoroughly.
Particular attention is given to the child safety needs of Aboriginal students, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, international students, students with disabilities, those unable to live at home, children and young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) and other students experiencing risk or vulnerability. Inappropriate or harmful behaviour targeting students based on these or other characteristics, such as racism or homophobia, are not tolerated at our school, and any instances identified will be addressed with appropriate consequences.
Child safety is a shared responsibility. Every person involved in our school has an important role in promoting child safety and wellbeing and promptly raising any issues or concerns about a child’s safety.
We are committed to regularly reviewing our child safe practices, and seeking input from our students, families, staff, and volunteers to inform our ongoing strategies.
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 eleven Child Safe Standards, which are:
Child Safe Standard 1 – Organisations establish a culturally safe environment in which the diverse and unique identities and experiences of Aboriginal children and young people are respected and valued
Child Safe Standard 2 – Child safety and wellbeing is embedded in organisational leadership, governance and culture
Child Safe Standard 3 – Children and young people are empowered about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously
Child Safe Standard 4 – Families and communities are informed, and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing
Child Safe Standard 5 – Equity is upheld and diverse needs respected in policy and practice
Child Safe Standard 6 – People working with children and young people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and wellbeing values in practice
Child Safe Standard 7 – Processes for complaints and concerns are child focused
Child Safe Standard 8 – Staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and young people safe through ongoing education and training
Child Safe Standard 9 – Physical and online environments promote safety and wellbeing while minimising the opportunity for children and young people to be harmed
Child Safe Standard 10 – Implementation of the Child Safe Standards is regularly reviewed and improved
Child Safe Standard 11 – Policies and procedures document how the organisation is safe for children and young people
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 Champion(Assistant Principal) and developed policies and procedures in conjunction with the Child Safe Standards.
Identified Child Safety Champion: Joe Scarfo (Assistant Principal/ Student Wellbeing Coordinator)
The role of Child Safety Champion includes leadership support and the ability to direct other staff (where appropriate) to undertake the role effectively.
Key Activities of a Child Safety Champion 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 Department of Education International Student CRICOS Provider Code 00861K