Child Safety and Protection

in Junior School News

Girton Grammar School has always been committed to ensuring that the highest possible standards of child safety and protection from harm are maintained. Last year the Victorian State Parliament enacted world leading child protection standards with Ministerial Order 870. The Order mandates child safety and reporting measures for all organisations that have dealings with children. Girton Grammar School fully supports the introduction of this legislation and has enacted the Order to its fullest. To this end the school has ensured the following:

  • strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements.
  • a child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety.
  • a code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children.
  • screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel.
  • processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse.
  • strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse.
  • strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.

Girton staff have completed Child Safety and Protection modules to learn what constitutes abuse, how to identify potential signs of abuse and what action must be taken.

Parents or community members who have concerns that a child may be unsafe and in danger of emotional, physical or sexual harm are urged to contact the school and ask to be referred to one of the school appointed Child Safety Officers, contact the Department of Human Services directly (1300664977 or A/H 131278 ) or the Police (000).

Details of Girton’s Child Safety Policy can be found on the school website at:

http://www.girton.vic.edu.au/images/Child-Safety-at-Girton-Grammar-School.pdf

The school has also published policies relating to student safety and well-being in the Publications section of the website.

http://www.girton.vic.edu.au/our-story/publications/

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like further information about the school’s approach to Child Safety.