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Bacchus Marsh Grammar e-News
Issue 22  |  03 August 2016
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BACCHUS MARSH GRAMMAR'S CHILD SAFETY STANDARDS

To provide a higher level of guidance for schools the Minister of Education has published Ministerial Order 870 under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic). The Act contains requirements that all registered schools must meet to comply with each of the Child Safe Standards.

At Bacchus Marsh Grammar we are now mandated to and will continue to have, a zero tolerance for child abuse and are committed to acting in children’s best interests and keeping them safe from harm. The School regards its child protection responsibilities with the utmost importance and as such, is committed to providing the necessary resources to ensure compliance with all relevant child protection laws and regulations and maintain a child safe culture.

This Child Protection Program is made up of work systems, practices, policies and procedures designed to maintain a child safe environment and to embed an organisational culture of child safety within the School community. The Program deals specifically with child protection issues and is designed to ensure compliance with the Victorian Child Safe Standards and related child protection laws. Broader child safety issues arising from our common law duty of care are dealt with through our Student Duty of Care Program.

Child abuse includes sexual offences, grooming, physical violence, serious emotional or psychological harm, serious neglect and a child’s exposure to family violence.

In the coming weeks, staff will be discussing the aforementioned issues with students across all year levels at Bacchus Marsh Grammar, specifically referring to terms such as physical and sexual abuse, grooming as well as serious emotional or psychological harm, serious neglect and a child’s exposure to family violence. Whilst teachers will explain the meaning of terms such as abuse or grooming at an age appropriate level, your child may come home and wish to discuss in further detail what this means.

The School's Child Protection Officers

Two senior staff members are nominated as the School's Child Protection Officer, the Assistant Head of Junior School, Mrs Jan Loftus and the Assistant Head of Senior School, Mrs Jenny Jovanovic. They are the first point of contact for raising child protection concerns within the School. They are also responsible for championing child protection within the School and assisting in coordinating responses to child protection incidents. 

Who Needs a Working With Children Check?

Any worker and or volunteer who engages in child-related work that involves direct contact (being physical, face to face or physically being within eyeshot) with a child (being a person under 18 years of age) needs a Working With Children Check (WWC Check).

In line with the School's risk-based approach to child safety and protection, the School requires that all parent volunteers undergo a Working with Children Check clearance as a matter of best practice. Working With Children Check application forms are available on line.

If you have not already done so, please present your Working with Children Check Card to Michelle Graham in the Principal’s office to ensure you are registered.  For all parent volunteers it is wise to check that your Working With Children Check is still valid.

NAPLAN

The School has just received notification from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) that it is anticipated the 2016 NAPLAN reports will be delivered to the school in the week commencing August 15. Reports will be collated and distributed to families shortly after they arrive.

 

Kevin Richardson

Acting Principal 

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