Cranbourne East Secondary College is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. The College has a zero tolerance to child abuse. Our school community recognises the importance of, and a responsibility for, ensuring our school is a safe, supportive and enriching environment which respects and fosters the dignity and self-esteem of children and young people, and enables them to thrive in their learning and development. Our school strives to create a culture of child safety into our everyday thinking and practice.
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.
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).
Apart from seeking support at the school the following service can provide you with support and further information.
- Department of Education Victoria child safe resources
- Call on 1800 991 099
- Provides access to expert advice from trained counsellors and an opportunity to speak up about child abuse.
- 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.
- 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.