Our commitment to Child Safety
Jacana School for Autism 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.
Jacana School for Autism has a zero tolerance for child abuse. All allegations and safety concerns will be treated seriously and consistently in accordance with robust policies and procedures.
Child Safe Standards
Victorian Government schools are child safe environments. Our schools actively promote the safety and wellbeing of all students, and all school staff are committed to protecting students from abuse or harm in the school environment, in accordance with their legal obligations including child safe standards.
Procedure for responding to and reporting allegations of child abuse:
Students, staff, parents, carers who have a concern about an allegation of child abuse can speak/report to:
• Classroom teacher
• Sub-school Leader
• Student Engagement and Wellbeing Leader
• Principal Class Team
The actions the school will take to respond to an allegation of child abuse include:
• Inform appropriate authorities about an allegation of child abuse (including but not limited to mandatory reporting)
• Protect any child connected to the alleged child abuse until the allegation is resolved
• Make, secure and retain records of the allegation of child abuse and the school’s response to it.
The school’s procedures will not:
• Prohibit or discourage school staff from reporting an allegation of child abuse to a person external to the school
• State or imply that it is the victim’s responsibility to inform the police or other authorities of the allegation
• Require staff to make a judgement about the truth of the allegation of child abuse
• Prohibit staff from making records in relation to an allegation or disclosure of child abuse
In responding to a concern the staff member must document the concern and forward immediately to a member of the Principal Class Team or delegate.