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

Commitment to Child Safety

Gisborne Montessori School demonstrates its commitment to the safety and wellbeing of children by: 

  • taking a preventative, proactive and participatory approach to child safety;  

  • valuing and empowering children to participate in decisions which affect their safety and wellbeing; 

  • providing children and young people with the knowledge and skills to understand and maintain their own personal safety;  

  • fostering a culture of openness that supports all persons to safely disclose risks of harm to children;  

  • respecting diversity in cultures and child rearing practices while keeping child safety paramount; 

  • involving families, carers and relevant communities in decision making processes that support the development of a child safe culture;  

  • taking proactive steps to prevent child abuse, and identifying risks early so that such risks may be removed or reduced;  

  • continuously reviewing and improving our systems and practices to protect children and young people from abuse;  

  • ensuring that GMS has in place strategies to embed and enhance a culture of child safety and wellbeing through the leadership, governance and culture of the organisation;  

  • engaging only the most suitable people to work with children and have high quality staff and volunteer supervision and professional development;  

  • providing regular training and education on recognising the nature and indicators of child abuse and other harm, responding to safeguarding risks and how to build culturally safe environments for children and young people;  

  • implementing specific policies, procedures, training and a National Code of Conduct and a set of Child Safeguarding Standards to support the achievement of a child safe culture; 

  • responding swiftly to any child safety concerns and implementing clear procedures for managing and reporting child safety concerns;  

  • sharing information appropriately and lawfully with other organisations where the safety and wellbeing of children is at risk; and; 

  • understanding the important and specific role that staff, contractors and volunteers of Gisborne Montessori School play individually and collectively to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make. 

GMS Commitment to Child Safety 2020.pdf