Our Commitment to Child Safety
Canadian Lead Primary School is committed to child safety. We want children to be safe, happy and empowered. We involve children in our school when making decisions, especially about matters that directly affect them. We listen to the views and respect what they have to say. We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers.
We have zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently with our robust policies and procedures. We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow rigorously. Our school is committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early, and removing and reducing these risks. Canadian Lead Primary School has robust human resources and recruitment practices for all staff and volunteers. Our school is committed to regularly training and educating our staff and volunteers on child abuse risks. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and to the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds. We are committed to providing a safe environment for all children, including those with a disability and to those who are vulnerable for other reasons, including poverty, trauma and disadvantage.
Child Safety Principles In its planning, decision-making and operations Canadian Lead Primary School will:
- Take a preventative, proactive and participatory approach to child safety;
- Value and empower children 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;
- Respect diversity in cultures and child rearing practices while keeping child safety paramount;
- Provide written guidance on appropriate conduct and behaviour towards children;
- Engage only the most suitable people to work with children and have high quality staff and volunteer supervision and professional development;
- Ensure children know who to talk with if they are worried or are feeling unsafe, and that they are comfortable and encouraged to raise such concerns;
- 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 is at risk; and
- Value the input of and communicate regularly with families and carers
To view all Child Safe documents please see the Policies tab