Statement of Commitment to Child Safety
Pakenham Secondary College is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. We want children who attend our College to be safe, happy and empowered.
As a school we are committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children and have zero tolerance of child abuse. All allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently with our and the Department of Education and Training’s robust policies and procedures. Employees are supported to ensure they meet their legal and moral obligation to contact authorities when concern is raised about a child’s safety.
The College is committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early, with a view to removing and reducing these risks. We have robust human resources and recruitment practices for all staff and volunteers and are committed to regularly training and educating our staff and volunteers on child abuse risks.
To this end, we have developed a Child Safety Program 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 College community.
Further information relating to the Ministerial Order 870 Standards that came into effect on 1 August, 2016 is available at: http://www.vrqa.vic.gov.au/childsafe/Pages/default.html