Child Safety Standards

Statement of Democratic Principles

The VRQA Minimum Standards for School Registration includes a standard concerning the school’s adherence to Australian democratic principles and practice.

This standard is as follows:

The programs of, and teaching in, a school must support and promote the principles and practice of Australian democracy, including a commitment to:

  • elected Government;
  • the rule of law;
  • equal rights for all before the law;
  • freedom of religion;
  • freedom of speech and association;
  • the values of openness and tolerance.

St. Bernard’s Primary School is committed to the principles of a liberal democracy.

  • We believe in an accountable, democratically elected government.
  • We respect and observe the rule of law, and believe that no person is above the law.
  • We believe in equal rights for all before the law, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender or other attributes.
  • We believe not only in the freedom of religion, but also the need to practice tolerance and understanding of others' beliefs.
  • We believe in the value of freedom of speech and freedom of association, but also acknowledge that we have the responsibility not to abuse this freedom.
  • We believe in the values of openness and tolerance, and value and respect all members of the school community regardless of background.

This Statement of Democratic Principles is communicated to staff, students, parents and guardians and the school community.

 

The Standards

To create and maintain a child safe organisation, organisations must have:

Standard 1 - strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements

Standard 2 - a child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety

Standard 3 - a code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children

Standard 4 - screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel

Standard 5 - processes for responding to and reporting

Standard 6 - strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse

Standard 7 - strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children

In complying with the child safe standards, organisations must inlude the following principles as part of each standard:

* promoting the cultural safety of Aboriginal children

* promoting the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds

* promoting the safety of children with a disability

 

 

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