Child Safe Standards

Indie School 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.

 

Indie School 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 and duty of care will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability and children who are vulnerable.

 

Every person involved in Indie School has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role they play individually and collectively to ensure that the well-being 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, Indie School will:

 

  1. Take a preventative, proactive and participatory approach to child safety;

  2. Value and empower children to participate in decisions which affect their lives;

  3. Foster a culture of openness that supports all persons to safely disclose risks of harm to children;

  4. Respect diversity in cultures and child rearing practices while keeping child safety paramount;

  5. Provide written guidance on appropriate conduct and behaviour towards children;

  6. Engage only the most suitable people to work with children and have high quality staff and volunteer supervision and professional development;

  7. 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.

  8. Report suspected abuse, neglect or mistreatment promptly to the appropriate authorities;

  9. Share information appropriately and lawfully with other organisations where the safety and wellbeing of children is at risk; and

  10. Value the input of and communicate regularly with families and carers.

Child Safe Standards and how Indie School implements the standards
Standard 1 

Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including  through effective leadership arrangements.
Indie School Philosophy

Standard 2 

A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety.
Indie School’s Child Safe Policy

Standard 3

A code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children.
Indie School teachers and staff adhere to the Staff Code of Conduct

Standard 4

Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel. 
All Indie School staff and volunteers are required to provide a current Working With Children Check and a National Police Check. Reference checks and ongoing support and training are also part of the recruitment process.

Standard 5

Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse.
Indie School’s Mandatory Reporting Policy

Standard 6

Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse.

  • Recruitment process;

  • Clear, documented and accessible processes for evaluating risks for both teachers, staff and students;

  • Open discussion with teachers, staff and students;

  • Link to the orange door on the Indie School website providing information on what to do if you’re feeling unsafe, looking for information to help someone else, or worried about how someone close to you is treating you.

Standard 7

Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.

  • Indie School’s philosophy is to give young people, through a range of Education models in a supportive learning environment, the opportunity to choose their education pathway, and the chance to succeed to the best of their ability.

  • Opportunities are created for student participation on a daily basis through student learning which incorporates planning, preparation, action and feedback.

  • Students have access to information to support their participation and empowerment via:

    • Indie School website

    • Student Handbook

    • Indie School Facebook page

    • Newsletters

 

The Orange Door is a free service for adults, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced family violence and families who need extra support with the care of children. 

For more information, please visit orangedoor.vic.gov.au

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