Djerriwarrh Community College is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives.
Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.
Every person involved in Djerriwarrh Community College has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role they play individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.
In its planning, decision-making and operations Djerriwarrh Community College will:
- Take a preventative, proactive and participatory approach to child safety;
- Value and empower children and young people to participate in decisions which affect their lives;
- Foster a culture of openness that supports all persons to safely disclose risks of harm to children and young people;
- Respect diversity in cultures and child rearing practices while keeping child safety paramount;
- Provide written guidance on appropriate conduct and behaviour towards children and young people;
- Engage only the most suitable people to work with our young people and have high quality staff and volunteer supervision and professional development;
- Ensure children and young people know who to talk with if they are worried or are feeling unsafe, and that they are comfortable and encouraged to raise such issues;
- Report suspected abuse, neglect or mistreatment promptly to the appropriate authorities;
- Share information appropriately and lawfully with other organisations where the safety and wellbeing of children and young people is at risk; and
- Value the input of and communicate regularly with families and carers.