OUR SCHOOL POLICIES
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Gisborne Montessori School is a Child Safe School
The Child Safe Standards:
Ministerial Order No. 870 sets out the specific action that schools need to take to meet the child safe standards.
To create and maintain a child safe school, we comply with the following standards.
Standard 1 – Good leadership and governance in child safe school – strategies to embed a school culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements
Standard 2 – Commitment to Child Safe Policy – a child safe statement of commitment to child safety
Standard 3 – Code of Conduct – a code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children
Standard 4 – Human Resources Practices – screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
Standard 5 – Reporting Child Abuse – processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
Standard 6 – Identifying and Reducing Risks – strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
Standard 7 – Empowering Children – strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children
Statement of Commitment to Child Safety
Gisborne Montessori School (GMS) is a child safe organisation which welcomes all children, young people and their families.
We are committed to providing environments where our students are safe and feel safe, where their participation is valued, their views respected, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Our child safe policies, strategies and practices are inclusive of the needs of all children and students.
We have no tolerance for child abuse and take proactive steps to identify and manage any risks of harm to students inside and outside our school environments.
We promote positive relationships between students and adults and between students and their peers. These relationships are based on trust and respect.
We take proactive steps to identify and manage any risk of harm to students in our school environment. When child safety concerns are raised or identified, we treat these seriously and respond promptly and thoroughly. We have a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
Particular attention is given to the child safety needs of Aboriginal students, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, international students, students with disabilities, those unable to live at home, children and young people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) and other students experiencing risk or vulnerability. Inappropriate or harmful behaviour targeting students based on these or other characteristics, such as racism or homophobia, are not tolerated at our school, and any instances identified will be addressed with appropriate consequences.
Child safety is a shared responsibility. Every person involved in our school has an important role in promoting child safety and wellbeing and promptly raising any issues or concerns about a child’s safety with the Executive Director, Peter Hutton or our Child Safety Champion, Maha Asif, where they will receive support in taking action to keep allchildren safe in accordance with the GMS Child Safe Policy.