Child Safe Information

St. Jude’s prides itself on maintaining a positive child safe culture – child safety is the responsibility of everyone in our community.  Our child safety code of conduct and policy clearly articulate what is expected of both visitors and community members – we have a zero tolerance of any behaviours that put children at risk or cause harm.

Recruitment Policy - Staff

All teachers employed are required to have Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) registration and, as part of that registration, they are required to apply for a Nationally Coordinated Criminal History Check (NCCHC). In view of the broader NCCHC, teachers are exempt from a Working with Children Check (WWCC). All other non-teaching staff and volunteers are required to apply for a WWCC.

All staff and volunteers are instructed about the school’s child safety policies, and are expected to comply with the school’s understanding of a child protection culture and minimisation of the risk of child abuse. Staff and volunteers are provided with appropriate training and development opportunities as well as ongoing supervision and management to ensure their conduct is consistent with the school’s child safety and wellbeing policies and procedures.

 

 

Engaging Families in Child Safety

St Jude’s is a school which operates with the consent of the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne and is owned, operated and governed by Melbourne Archdiocese Catholic Schools Ltd (MACS).

Introduction

Catholic education is an active partnership between family and school, where families are recognised as the first and ongoing educators of their children. Schools and families partner in the shared privilege and responsibility for children and young people’s faith formation, learning, safety and wellbeing.

At St Jude’s we hold the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as a central and fundamental responsibility of our school. Our commitment is drawn from and inherent to the teaching and mission of Jesus Christ, with love, justice and the sanctity of each human person at the heart of the gospel (CECV Commitment Statement to Child Safety).

Purpose

The purpose of this Policy is to outline the strategies and actions that we have in place at St Jude’s  to ensure that families, carers and other members of the school community are informed about relevant child safety and wellbeing matters and are involved in the promotion of child safety and wellbeing at the school.

This Policy takes into account the specific requirements of the Child Safe Standards as set out in Ministerial Order No. 1359.

Scope

This Policy applies to school employees, volunteers, contractors and clergy. It should be read in conjunction with related school policies and procedures, including:

  1.   Child Safety Framework
  2.   Child Safety Code of Conduct
  3.   Child Safety and Wellbeing Policy

Principles

At St Jude’s  the following principles underpin our commitment to family engagement:

  •     Families and carers should have the opportunity to participate in decisions relating to child safety and wellbeing which affect their child.
  •     Our school engages and openly communicates with families, carers and other members of the school community about our child safe approach.
  •     All members of the school community should have access to information relating to child safety and wellbeing.
  •     Families, carers and other members of the school community must have the opportunity to provide input into the development and review of the school’s policies and practices relating to child safety and wellbeing.
  •     Families, carers and other members of the school community have the right to be informed about the operations and governance of the school in relation to child safety and wellbeing.

Policy

St Jude’s  is committed to ensuring that all members of our school community are kept informed about relevant child safety and wellbeing matters and are involved in the promotion of child safety and wellbeing at St Jude’s.

We implement the following strategies and actions to ensure that we are able to meet this commitment.

Strategies / actions used by school leadership

The Principal, the school governing authority and school leaders at St Jude’s recognise their particular responsibilities to communicate and engage with families, carers and other members of the school community in relation to issues regarding child safety and wellbeing. Strategies and actions used to carry out this responsibility include:

  •           utilising theSt Jude’s Engaging Families in Child Safety Policy to inform and guide curriculum planning, policies and practices
  •           supporting staff, through appropriate professional learning, to strengthen their communication and engagement skills and to understand the value and importance of effective communication and engagement
  •           identifying opportunities for parents and carers to participate in decisions that affect their child’s safety and wellbeing
  •           ensuring that existing policies and practices relating to child safety and wellbeing are made publicly available so that they are easily accessible to families, carers and other members of the school community
  •           engaging with families, carers and other members of the school community to collaboratively develop and periodically review policies and practices relating to child safety and wellbeing
  •           creating opportunities to ensure that members of the school community are adequately informed about the school’s operations and governance relating to child safety and wellbeing.

Strategies / actions used by school staff, volunteers, contractors and clergy

School staff, volunteers, contractors and clergy at St Jude’s also have a responsibility to support the school governing authority and school leaders in communicating and engaging with families, carers and other members of the school community regarding child safety and wellbeing.  Strategies and actions used to carry out this responsibility include:

  •           creating and maintaining open lines of communication with families, carers and other members of the school community, particularly with respect to child safety and wellbeing matters
  •           liaising with parents and carers in relation to any concerns and/or decisions that affect their child and giving them the opportunity to contribute to any discussions, where appropriate
  •           ensuring that parents, carers and others in the school community are updated and involved in child safety and wellbeing
  •           ensuring they act in accordance with the principles set out in this Policy when managing issues relating to child safety and wellbeing.

This policy will be reviewed in consultation with members of the wider community as part of the school’s two-year review cycle of its child safety practices.

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