Geraldton Grammar School is committed to being a Child Safe Organisation and as such is dedicated to the care, safety and protection of all students. We recognise that the implementation of strong policies and procedures can help support the prevention, assist in identifying and reporting of child abuse and neglect.
At Geraldton Grammar School, we have zero tolerance for child abuse and grooming and we understand that child protection is of the utmost importance. We ensure compliance with all the relevant child protection laws and regulations that supports a safe environment for all children and young people at the school.
Geraldton Grammar School has embedded the 10 National Child Safety Standards established by The Royal Commission and implemented the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum across all year levels. These are outlined below and give our students the opportunity to be safe, happy and empowered.
10 National Child Safety Standards
- A commitment to 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 promoted, and diversity is 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 responsive, understood, accessible and used by children, young people, families, staff and volunteers.
- 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.
- Organisations regularly review and improve the implementation of their child safety and wellbeing policies and procedures.
- Policies and procedures document how the organisation is safe for children and young people.
Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum
The Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC) is a child safety program for children and young people from age 3 to Year 12 which has been implemented across all year levels at Geraldton Grammar school. The aim of the KS:CPC is to teach all children from a young age, age-appropriately, to:
- Recognise abuse and tell a trusted adult about it.
- Understand what is appropriate and inappropriate 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.
- Recognising and reporting abuse.
- Protective strategies.
Parents can access more information on the KS:CPC website.
Please visit the Policies & Documents page to view the following related school policies:
- Child Protection and Mandatory Reporting Policy
- Staff, Volunteer and Board Code of Conduct
- Positive Behaviour Policy including Student Code of Conduct