Child Safe Standards
Montague School makes an ongoing commitment to child safety and ensuring that the policies and procedures around child safety are regularly reviewed and updated on an annual basis.
Every staff member, volunteer, contractor or visitor to the school is required to read and sign the Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct aims to protect children and reduce any opportunities for child abuse or harm to occur. It also assists in understanding how to avoid or better manage risky behaviours and situations. It is intended to complement child protection legislation, Department policy, school policies and procedures and professional standards, codes or ethics as these apply to staff and other personnel.
There are eleven standards that all Victorian government schools must consider and implement at their school:
- Standard 1 – Culturally safe environments
- Standard 2 – Leadership, governance and culture
- Standard 3 – Child and student empowerment
- Standard 4 – Family engagement
- Standard 5 – Diversity and equity
- Standard 6 – Suitable staff and volunteers
- Standard 7 – Child-focused complaints processes
- Standard 8 – Child safety knowledge, skills and awareness
- Standard 9 – Physical and online environments
- Standard 10 – Review of child safety practices
- Standard 11 – Implementation of child safety practices
- Child Safe Policy
- Child Safety Code of Conduct
- Child Safe Environments Policy
- Child Safe Human Resource Practices Policy
- Child Safe Recruitment Policy
- Child Safe VIT & WWC Check Procedures
- Induction Policy for safeguarding children & young people
- Child Safety Reporting Obligations Policy & Procedures
- Statement of Commitment to Child Safety
At Montague we pride ourselves on the support we offer our students and their families. There are times when families need additional support, here is a list of useful websites which may assist.
Useful websites for families
In Victoria teachers are mandated to make a report to Victoria Police, the DHHS Child Protection and DET if they form a reasonable belief that a student is in need of protection because they are at risk of harm or neglect, or if a teacher holds a reasonable belief that the student is being subjected to physical or sexual abuse.