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Cranbourne East Secondary College 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.  Cranbourne East Secondary College has zero tolerance for child abuse. 

Cranbourne East Secondary College 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 will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, LGBTI children, as well as the safety of children with a disability.

Every person involved in Cranbourne East Secondary College has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays 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. 

All staff, volunteers, contractors and members of CESC community are required to comply with child safe principles and expectations for appropriate behaviour towards, and in the company of, children as mandated by our Child Safety Policy in accordance with Ministerial Order 870. The code of conduct and policy applies in all school situations, including school camps and in the use of digital technology and social media, embedding and underpinning Risk Management Approach, Human Resources Practice and Promoting participation and empowerment of children.

If you are worried about child abuse for you or someone you know there are people you can talk to. Our Child Safety Officer is Debbie Edwards, Head of Student Services. You can also speak to the Principal, Assistant Principal(s), Year level Leaders or in fact any staff member at the College. Alternatively you may contact the police or one of the organisations listed in the resources section below.

Legislation

On 26 November 2015, the Victorian Parliament passed the Child Wellbeing and Safety Amendment (Child Safe Standards) Bill 2015 to introduce seven child safe standards (the Standards) into law. The Standards apply to all organisations involved in child-related work in Victoria.

Ministerial Order No. 870 provides the framework for how schools will be required to comply with the Standards. Overall responsibility for ensuring compliance rests with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA).

Resources

Apart from seeking support at the school the following service can provide you with support and further information.

Protect

  • Department of Education Victoria child safe resources

Child Wise 

  • Call on 1800 991 099
  • Provides access to expert advice from trained counsellors and an opportunity to speak up about child abuse.

Commission for Children and Young People

Kids Helpline 

  • Call on 1800 55 1800.
  • For any time and for any reason – free, private and confidential phone and online counselling, 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week.

Headspace

  • Call on 1800 650 890
  • National Youth Mental Health Foundation
  • Headspace can help if you are aged 12 or over and you are going through a tough time. You can talk to someone at Headspace on the phone, online or in person.

 

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