Students at this school thrive, belong and achieve to the best of their ability. The school is committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect and to the protection of all children.
All staff members (including contractors and volunteers) are expected to be familiar with this policy, its associated procedures and protocols and abide by them.
Advice will be sought through appropriate agencies in all cases of suspected or alleged abuse.
In line with Section 15 of the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989, any person in our school/kura who believes that any child or young person has been or is likely to be harmed (whether physically, emotionally or sexually), ill-treated, abused, neglected or deprived must follow school procedures and may also report the matter to a social worker or the local Police.
Although ultimate accountability sits with the board, the board delegates responsibility to the principal to ensure that all child safety procedures are implemented and available to all staff, contractors, volunteers and parents.
Expectations and limitations
The principal must:
• develop appropriate procedures to meet child safety requirements as required and appropriate to the school
• comply with relevant legislative requirements and responsibilities
• make this policy available on the school’s internet site or available on request
• ensure that every contract or funding arrangement that the school enters into requires the adoption of child protection policies where required
• ensure the interests and protection of the child are paramount in all circumstances
• recognise the rights of family/whānau to participate in the decision making about their children
• ensure that all staff are able to identify the signs and symptoms of potential abuse and neglect and deal with disclosures by children and allegations against staff members and are able to take appropriate action in response
• support all staff to work in accordance with this policy to work with partner agencies and organisations to ensure child protection procedures are understood and implemented
• promote a culture where staff feel confident they can constructively challenge poor practice or raise issues of concern without fear of reprisal
• consult, discuss and share relevant information with the board or designated person in line with our commitment to confidentiality and information-sharing protocols in a timely way regarding any concerns about an individual child
• seek advice as necessary from NZSTA advisers on employment matters and other relevant agencies where child safety issues arise
• make available professional development, resources and/or advice to ensure all staff can carry out their roles in terms of this policy
• ensure that this policy forms part of the initial staff induction programme for each staff member.
o Appointments Policy
o Health and Safety Policy
o Computer and Other Digital Devices Acceptable Use Policy
o Dealing With Suspected Child Abuse or Sexualised Behaviour Procedure
o Student Safety and Welfare Procedure
o EOTC procedure
o Physical Restraint procedure
o Behaviour Management procedure
o Child Leaving Class or School procedure
o Attendance Procedure
o Staff induction
Ongoing monitoring and report will occur via the Principal’s Report to the Board at the scheduled Board of Trustee meetings.
Children’s Act 2014
Oranga Tamariki Act 1989
Oranga Tamariki Ministry for Children
Review schedule: Within 3 years Reviewed: 19/6/18, reviewed and updated 30/3/21