Victoria has introduced compulsory minimum standards for organisations that provide services for children to help protect them from abuse
In 2016, Ministerial Order 870 was introduced and outlines the Child Safe standards that all organisations working with children in Victoria must comply with. The purpose of these child-safe standards is to ensure that child safety is an organisational priority in Victorian organisations involved in child-connected work.
At Sacred Heart College Kyneton, we believe that all students have the right to feel safe. Our systems and structures support our College Community and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of our students. The College has a robust Pastoral structure, comprising Homeroom Teacher, Year Level Leader, Deputy Principal, Principal and College Counsellors. While Homeroom Teachers and Year Level Leaders would be the first contact for issues surrounding bullying or other distressing situations, all of these people may be contacted if required.
The College has appointed two Child Safe Officers, Ms Julie Mortimer and Mr Paul Hopkins, as the nominated College contacts for issues of abuse. They may be contacted at the College via phone or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or the concern may be logged through the Wellbeing Referral process, under Student Life on the website. The College has also formed a Child Safe Committee, whose role it is to review policies and procedures for reporting allegations of abuse, environmental issues relating to safety and monitoring the promotion of Child Safe updates and information to the College Community.
The College policies based on Child Safe are: