The David Scott School is committed to providing a child safe environment where young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Attention will be paid to the safety of young people with a disability, as well as the cultural safety of Aboriginal young people and young people from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Every person involved in the David Scott School 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 young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.
To create and maintain a child safe organisation, David Scott School ensures ongoing compliance with the 11 child safe standards :
- Organisations establish a culturally safe environment in which the diverse and unique identities and experiences of Aboriginal children and young people are respected and valued.
- Child safety and wellbeing is embedded in organisational leadership, governance and culture.
- Children and young people are empowered about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously.
- Families and communities are informed and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing.
- Equity is upheld and diverse needs respected in policy and practice.
- People working with children and young people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and wellbeing values in practice.
- Processes for complaints and concerns are child-focused.
- Staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and young people safe through ongoing education and training.
- Physical and online environments promote safety and wellbeing while minimising the opportunity for children and young people to be harmed.
- Implementation of the Child Safe Standards is regularly reviewed and improved.
- Policies and procedures document how the organisation is safe for children and young people.