ENPS - Child Safety

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Child Safety

Essendon North Primary School is committed to the safety and protection of all children. We have clear and explicit guidelines that detail the shared school community expectations for child protection and safety and actions to be taken when the safety of students is/potentially is compromised. These are based on the recommendations of the Victorian Department of Education and Training from the Betrayal of Trust report and underpinned by the new PROTECT Child Safe Standards. Ministerial Order 870. Ministerial Order No. 870, which operationalises the Child Safe Standards in all Victorian schools, came into operation on 1 August 2016.

ENPS Child Safe Documents

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Child Safe Standards

To create and maintain a child safe organisation, organisations must have: 

  • 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

At ENPS we empower children to be vital and active participants in our organisation. We involve them when making decisions, especially about matters that directly affect them. We listen to their views and respect what they have to say. We promote diversity and tolerance in our organisation, and people from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds are welcome. All of our staff, service providers, contractors and volunteers must agree to abide by the Essendon North Primary School Child Safe Code of Conduct which specifies the standards of conduct required when working with children.