Ss Michael and John’s Primary School is committed to providing a safe environment for all students and young people and will take active steps to protect them against abuse.

To achieve this, our school has developed and actively enforces Child Safety Strategies to ensure that any person involved in ‘child connected work’ is aware of their obligations & responsibilities for ensuring the safety of all children under their care.

In accordance with requirements of the Victorian Government’s Ministerial Order No 870, Ss Michael and John’s Primary School maintains a culture of ‘no tolerance’ to child abuse. To achieve this it has established a holistic Child Safety Strategy incorporating the processes, policies & procedures listed below.

Ss Michael and John’s Primary School Child Safety Strategy includes, but is not limited to the:

  1. Establishment of strategies for embedding a culture of child safety at the school;
  2. Maintenance & communication of a policy affirming the school’s commitment to child safety and the promotion of an environment where children feel respected, valued and encouraged to reach their full potential;
  3. Maintenance & implementation of a Child Safety Code of Conduct;
  4. Established processes for screening, supervision, training, and other human resource practices to reduce the risk of child abuse & promote a child safe learning environment;
  5. Maintenance & Communication of procedures for responding to and reporting child safety complaints, suspected abuse, disclosures or breaches of the Child Safety Code of Conduct.
  6. Risk Management strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
  7. Maintenance of strategies to promote student participation & empowerment in creating an environment where they feel respected, valued and are capable of reaching their full potential.

Ss Michael and John’s Primary School Child Safety Standards apply to any individual employed by the school, employed under contract, volunteers or contracted service providers. Failure to comply with any aspect of the school’s Child Safety Standards may result in criminal proceedings in accordance with the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 (Vic.), the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic.) and the recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust Report 2013.

Download SMJ Horsham Safeguarding Young People and Children Code of Conduct (PDF)

Volunteering

We love and appreciate that our student’s parents like to be involved in our community and volunteer to help out when needed.

To create and maintain our child-safe environment, all our volunteers must have a Working With Children Check.

For details and how to apply please go to www.workingwihchildren.vic.gov.au

If you already have a Working With Children Check, please add us as an ‘Organisation’ when volunteering with us.