Towards an Inclusive School Community

The recent legislation introduced in Victoria around Child Safe Standards provides both a challenge and an opportunity for us to develop an organisational culture here across the College which is truly safe for ALL children in our care. This extends well beyond the usual OH&S and Mandatory Reporting legislation we have become familiar with and takes some of the following principles of child safety into account:

  • Promoting the cultural safety of Aboriginal children
  • Promoting the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • Promoting the safety of children with a disability
  • Promoting the safety of children who may experience bullying due to their sexual orientation
  • Promoting the safety of children who may experience other specific issues such as domestic violence, mental health, drugs & alcohol, to name just a few.

 

Some of the actions we are currently working on to ensure students feel safe at school include:

  • Developing a statement of commitment to child safety throughout our sporting clubs
  • Developing a curriculum to support an inclusive and safe school environment
  • Developing improved processes for responding and reporting behaviours that are deemed inappropriate
  • Develop strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children

 

The College Child Safety Committee, made up of staff, student and parent representatives, meets again this week to further enhance the positive school safety culture we already enjoy.