CHILD SAFE SCHOOL - STATEMENT OF Commitment

St Stephen’s School is committed to providing education and care to children and young people to assist them to develop into high-achieving, supported students, positively connected to each other and to the communities in which they live and which they will serve.

The School is committed to ensuring the safety, welfare and wellbeing of all children and young people at the School and is dedicated to protecting them from abuse and grooming by implementing robust policies and procedures to deter abuse and grooming and facilitate detection and reporting at the School.

At St Stephen’s School we have a zero tolerance for child abuse and grooming, The School regards its child protection responsibilities with the utmost importance and as such is committed to providing the necessary resources to ensure compliance with all relevant child protection laws and regulations and to maintain safe and supportive School physical and online environments for all children and young people.

St Stephen’s follows the 10 National Principles for being a Child Safe Organisation below:

  • Child safety and wellbeing is embedded in organisational leadership, governance and culture.
  • Children and young people are informed 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 to respond to complaints and concerns are child focused, easy accessible and used by children, young people and whole school community.
  • 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.
  • Regularly review and improve the implementation of the child safe principles.
  • Policies and procedures document how the School is safe for children and young people.

Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum

St Stephen’s deliver the “The Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC)” child safety program for children and young people from age 3 to Year 12.

The aim of the KS: CPC is to teach all children from a young age, in an age appropriate way, to:

  • Recognise abuse and tell a trusted adult about it
  • Understand what is appropriate and in appropriate touching
  • Understand ways of keeping themselves safe.

The themes are:

  • We all have the right to do be safe
  • We can help ourselves to be safe by talking to people we trust

The focus areas are:

  • The right to be safe
  • Relationships
  • Recognising and reporting abuse
  • Protective strategies

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