Department of Education Policies
All schools in Victoria must adhere to the minimum standards and other requirements for a school to be registered. The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) was established under The Education and Training Reform Act 2006 and provides the principles on which school education in Victoria is to be based. Registration Requirements include School Goverance, Enrolment, Curriculum and Student Learning, Student Welfare, Discipline, Attendance Monitoring, Staff Employment, School Infrastructure and School Performance.
Please take time to remind yourself of the school’s collection statement, found below on our website.
CHILD SAFETY COMMITMENT
- Pascoe Vale Primary School is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making.
- Pascoe Vale Primary School has zero tolerance for child abuse.
- Pascoe Vale Primary School is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention is paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, vulnerable children, as well as to the safety of children with a disability.
- Every person involved in Pascoe Vale Primary School has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role they play individually and collectively, to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.
In its planning, decision-making and operations, Pascoe Vale Primary School will:
- take a preventative, proactive and participatory approach to child safety
- value and empower children to participate in decisions which affect their lives
- foster a culture of openness that supports all persons to safely disclose risks of harm to children
- respect diversity in cultures and child rearing practices while keeping child safety paramount
- provide written guidance on appropriate conduct and behaviour towards children
- engage only the most suitable people to work with children and have high quality staff and volunteer supervision and professional development
- ensure children know who to talk with if they are worried or are feeling unsafe, and that they are comfortable and encouraged to raise such issues
- report suspected abuse, neglect or mistreatment promptly to the appropriate authorities
- share information appropriately and lawfully with other organisations where the safety and wellbeing of children is at risk; and
- value the input of and communicate regularly with families and carers.
Child Safety Officer
Lisa Audino, Assistant Principal (Welfare) is the school Child Safety Officer. If you need any support, please feel free to contact her on 9354 1611 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also see the Child Safe policies/procedures and information resources below.
The safety of all of our students is a high priority for all staff at Pascoe Vale Primary School. As part of our commitment to the physical and mental health of the students in our school community, we are fully involved in meeting our Duty of Care for your children.
It is everyone’s responsibility to protect children from all forms of abuse. For information on how we can all be active in protecting children from abuse, please review our school’s information and advice to families here.