Our number one priority at Waverley Meadows Primary School is the safety and care of our students. We ensure our physical environment is maintained to the highest standards possible in order to be a safe place for children to learn and play. Providing an environment that supports our student’s Social and Emotional wellbeing is also vital. Our staff and volunteers are of a high calibre and hold the necessary current Victorian Institute of Teaching Registration or Working With Children’s Pass before being able to undertake any child related work within the school.
CHILD SAFE STANDARDS
The Victorian Government introduced Child Safe Standards to improve the way organisations that provide services for children prevent and respond to child abuse that may occur within their organisation. The standards are compulsory for all organisations providing services to children, and aim to drive cultural change in organisations so that protecting children from abuse is embedded in the everyday thinking and practice of leaders, staff and volunteers.
At Waverley Meadows Primary School this assists us to:
The 7 child safe standards are a central feature of the Victorian Government’s response to the Family and Community Development Committee of the Victorian Parliament’s Betrayal of Trust: Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Non-Government Organisations (Betrayal of Trust Inquiry).
The Child Safe Standards are underpinned by the understanding that all children are vulnerable. However, three overarching principles require organisations to consider the increased vulnerability of:
These groups of children and young people may be particularly vulnerable to being victimised and may face challenges in reporting an incident of abuse. Research shows that providing safe environments for vulnerable children has positive, lifelong impacts that cannot be underestimated.
The 7 Standards