Sacred Heart College is committed to promoting the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children.
The care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people is a central and fundamental responsibility of Catholic education.
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.
On 1 July 2022 new Victorian Child Safe Standards and Ministerial Order No. 1359 (MO 1359), Implementing the Child Safe Standards – Managing the risk of child abuse in schools and school boarding premises, came into effect. MO 1359 provides a framework for how schools can action the 11 new Victorian Child Safe Standards.
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.
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The College has 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, on the Student Wellbeing page in the Life at Sacred Heart section of the website.
The College also has 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:
The new Child Safe Standards came into force in Victoria on 1 July 2022.
Organisations establish a culturally safe environment in which the diverse and unique identities and experiences of Aboriginal children and young people are respected and valued.
Child safety and wellbeing is embedded in organisational leadership, governance and culture.
Children and young people are empowered about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously.
Families and communities are informed and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing.
Ensure that equity is upheld, and diverse needs respected in policy and practice.
Ensure that people working with children and young people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and wellbeing values in practice.
Ensure that processes for complaints and concerns are child focused.
Ensure that staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and young people safe through ongoing education and training.
Ensure that physical and online environments promote safety and wellbeing while minimising the opportunity for children, young people and students to be harmed.
Ensure that implementation of the Child Safe Standards (including Ministerial Order No. 1359) is regularly reviewed and improved.
Have policies and procedures document how schools and school boarding premises are safe for children, young people and students.