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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:

Child Safe Strategy Document

Northside Christian College has strengthened the safety of our operations as a result of the implementation of the Child Safe Standards at the College. A key objective for Northside Christian College is to embed child safety practices into our culture. The work that is involved in building a child safe organisation is never completed. It is a dynamic, multifaceted, and ongoing developmental process of learning, monitoring, and reviewing. Maintaining a child-safe organisation is not a one-off task. It must become part of our school’s ongoing processes and be embedded into our culture. Your feedback and support in developing a child-safe culture is greatly valued. Please find below a link to the College's Child Safe Strategy Document:

Child Safe Strategy Document (Last Updated: December 2022)

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: December 2022)

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: January 2024)

Child Safe Standards

The Commission for Children and Young People has released ‘plain English’ resource, summarising changes to Victoria’s child safe standards that commenced in July 2022.

Victoria’s Child Safe Standards: Plain language guide

Child Safety Officer

Northside Christian College has appointed Ms Heather Cootee as the College’s Child Safety Officer. She is a contact person for children, young people, parents, employees and volunteers to seek advice and support regarding the safety and wellbeing of children and young people within our College.

The role requires the officer to take action when child protection concerns are reported, including the provision of support to those within the community who have been affected, with an understanding and respect for cultural diversity.

The College’s Child Protection Workers are Ms Heather Cootee, Head of Student Wellbeing and Mr Jared Stocks, College Chaplain.

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. 1359 and other legal obligations.

Please use this template to document any incident, disclosure, or suspicion that a child has been, or is at risk of being abused:

Responding to Suspected Child Abuse Template

Four Critical Actions For Schools

Please refer to the document below which highlights four critical actions for schools in relation to Responding to Incidents, Disclosures and Suspicions of Child Abuse.

Four Critical Actions For Schools

Fact Sheets

The Fact Sheets below document the College’s procedures in a way that is accessible to children, volunteers, and the wider community.

Feeling Safe: For Primary School Students
Feeling Safe: For Secondary School Students
Spotting the Warning Signs of Child Abuse: For School Staff
Protecting Children from Abuse: For Parents and Carers

Royal Commission Hearing

Please find below a letter from Mr Doug Holtam, which was distributed to the College community on the 22nd October 2014. 

Royal Comission Hearing Letter from Mr Holtam

Contact Us

Northside Christian College
31 McLeans Rd, Bundoora VIC 3083, Australia
Phone: 03 9467 2499