The Child Safe Standards aim to drive cultural change in organisations that provide services for children so that protecting children from abuse is embedded in everyday thinking and practice.
Guiding Principles at Northside Christian College
The College’s Child Safety Policy, Code of Conduct and Procedures are based on the following principles:
- the College has zero tolerance for child abuse;
- the best interests of the child are paramount;
- child protection is a shared responsibility;
- all children have a right to feel safe and be safe at school, and have equal rights to protection from abuse;
- the College will consider the opinions of students and use their opinions to develop child protection policies and procedures;
- the College will take into account the diversity of all children, including (but not limited to) the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, children with disabilities, and children who are vulnerable, and make reasonable efforts to accommodate these matters;
- the College is committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children, and those from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for students living with a disability; and
- everyone covered by this Policy must also comply with the College’s Code of Conduct, which sets stringent standards for personal behaviour.
Child Safety Code of Conduct
Staff, directors, volunteers and contractors at the College are required to abide by this Code. The purpose of this Code is to promote child safety within all College Environments. Please find below a link to the College’s Child Safety Code of Conduct:
Child Safety Code of Conduct (Last Updated: January 2017)
Child Safety Policy, Code of Conduct and Procedures
The Northside Christian College Committee of Management has approved the Child Safety Policy, Code of Conduct and Procedures (Policy No. 1). The Child Safety Policy is a comprehensive and overarching document that provides an overview of the key elements of Northside Christian College’s approach to creating a child safe organisation.
Child Safety Policy, Code of Conduct and Procedures (Last updated: June 2017)
Procedures for Responding to and Reporting Allegations of Suspected Child Abuse
Northside Christian College has a clear procedure for responding to allegations of suspected child abuse in accordance with Ministerial Order No. 870 and other legal obligations. The Fact Sheets below document the College’s procedures in a way that is accessible to children, volunteers and the wider community.