Glen Education Term 2 Newsletter
This edition is all about our commitment to child safety and the ways we work to ensure the protection of children, from educators through to the management team. We draw your attention to the article from our Work, Health and Safety Coordinator, Leanne, on Embedding a Culture of Child Safety.
Our duty is about safe premises, safe people, and safe practices. At Glen Education, we firmly believe all children have the right to be and feel safe in environments that respect cultural safety and maintain a culture in which children, their histories, and identities are valued, respected and cared for. Protecting children from the risks of abuse is embedded in our everyday thinking and practice – this newsletter provides some practical examples of how this is achieved.
As of July 1st, 2022, the new Child Safe Standards came into force. There are now 11 standards organisations need to adhere to (from a previous 7):
- Child Safe Standard 1 – 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 Safe Standard 2 – Child safety and wellbeing is embedded in organisational leadership, governance, and culture
- Child Safe Standard 3 – Children and young people are empowered about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously
- Child Safe Standard 4 – Families and communities are informed, and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing
- Child Safe Standard 5 – Equity is upheld, and diverse needs respected in policy and practice
- Child Safe Standard 6 – People working with children and young people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and wellbeing values in practice
- Child Safe Standard 7 – Processes for complaints and concerns are child focused – how educators respond to the concerns a family may raise
- Child Safe Standard 8 – Staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and young people safe through ongoing education and training
- Child Safe Standard 9 – Physical and online environments promote safety and wellbeing while minimising the opportunity for children and young people to be harmed
- Child Safe Standard 10 – Implementation of the Child Safe Standards is regularly reviewed and improved
- Child Safe Standard 11 – Policies and procedures document how the organisation is safe for children and young people
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