Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people is our highest priority. We know that our school is a safe place for our children and that Ferntree Gully North PS staff, School Council, and our community work hard to protect all students from abuse and neglect. The Department of Education (DET), together with the Victorian Registrations Qualifications Authority (VRQA) published new Child Safe Standards at the start of this year.  These standards are the result of recommendations from the final report of the Victorian Parliament’s Betrayal of Trust inquiry. These Standards were introduced through Ministerial Order 870 and build on the existing processes and commitment to student safety in schools.

We have developed a further range of policies to comply with these standards on top of the existing policies. In today’s newsletter you will find our Child Safe Standards Policy and our Student Code of Conduct. Please read and become familiar with these policies. From 2017 our office sign in book will have an additional column for parents to tick acknowledging their understanding of these policies. In addition we would like to remind all parents that for those who wish to come and volunteer in the school you will require a volunteer Working with Children Check and card. You can apply for these at no cost on line at

https://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/home/applications/

We have a number of policies in the school that support compliance covering the following areas:

 

·         Student Engagement and Inclusion including Bullying and Harassment

·         Duty of Care

·         Critical incident

·         Mandatory reporting

·         Working with Children Check

·         Volunteers

·         Photography and Filming

·         eLearning

·         Concerns and Complaints

·         On site supervision of students

·         Camps

·         External providers

·         Professional Learning

·         Privacy

·         Communications Procedures and Schedule

Further information regarding the standards can be accessed at https://www.vrqa.vic.gov.au/childsafe/Pages/default.html

If you have any questions you are welcome to contact myself, or Priscilla Salter.

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