Promoting and protecting the safety and interests of children is a top priority for our school and Wodonga Federation of Government Schools (The Federation). Our School, along with the others within The Federation, has a zero tolerance of child abuse.
The Victorian Government has introduced the child safe standards for all schools and organisations working with children up to 18 years old. The standards are a direct response to the recommendations from the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and other Non-Government organisations.
The standards require schools to have a child safety policy, child safety code of conduct, strategies to prevent child abuse and respond to suspected child abuse, recruitment procedures to minimise or remove risks of child abuse, and strategies to promote child participation and empowerment.
In implementing the standards schools must take into consideration the diversity of all children. The needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, children with disabilities, and children who are vulnerable must be a particular focus.
Our school is working with The Federation to have a common approach to preventing and responding to child abuse across the government schools in Wodonga. You are able to view our Child Safe Policy and Child Safe Code of Conduct on our website or http://www.wodonga.vic.edu.au/child-safe/