Commitment to Child Safety:
All students enrolled, and any child visiting, have a right to feel safe and be safe. The wellbeing of children in our care will always be our first priority and we have zero tolerance for child abuse. We aim to create a child safe and child-friendly environment where children feel safe and are free to enjoy life to the full without any concern for their safety.
Children’s Rights to Safety and Participation:
The staff and volunteers of Yarrunga Primary School encourage students to express their views. We listen to their suggestions, especially on matters that directly affect them. We actively encourage all students to openly express their views and feel comfortable about giving voice to the things that are important to them. We teach students about what they can do if they feel unsafe. We listen to and act on any concerns students, or their parents or carers, raise with us.
Valuing Diversity and Inclusion:
We value and celebrate diversity, including cultural diversity, and we do not tolerate discriminatory
practices. To achieve this we:
- Promote the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal students and their families.
- Promote the cultural safety, participation and empowerment from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD) and their families.
- Promote the personal safety, participation and empowerment of students with a disability and make them feel welcome and part of all aspects of school life.
Recruiting Staff and Volunteers:
Yarrunga Primary School will apply the most thorough and rigorous standards in the recruitment and screening of staff and volunteers. We interview and conduct referee checks on all staff and volunteers and require police checks and Working With Children Checks (WWCC) for all staff and volunteers. Our commitment to Child Safety and our screening requirements will be included in all advertisements for staff and volunteer positions.
Supporting Staff and Volunteers:
Yarrunga Primary School provides support and supervision to all staff and volunteers so people feel valued, respected, affirmed in their work and fairly treated.
The Principal has been appointed as the Child Safety Officer with specific responsibility for responding to any complaints made by staff, volunteers, parents or students in relation to Child Safety.