Child Safety Policies & Procedures
1. Statement of Committment to Child Safety
PVS is committed to providing education and care to our young people. We aim to assist them to develop into high-achieving students who are positively connected to each other and to the communities in which they live and learn.
2. Keeping Safe Child Protection Curriculum Information
At Pioneer Village School we actively encourage our children to have a voice, understand and recognise their feelings and build healthy relationships. In support of this our educators have had professional development in Protective Behaviours and incorporate these teaching strategies into their daily classroom practice.
3. Child Protection Law and Regulation WA overview
The legal and regulatory framework for child protection in WA is made up of a complex web of laws, regulations and guidance notes. The diagram and the commentary below provides an overview of the framework.
4. Child Protection Policy
In 2009, the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020 was endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments as a long-term approach to ensuring the safety and well-being of Australia’s children.
5. Child Safety Policy
Pioneer Village School is committed to the protection of all children from all forms of child abuse and grooming, and demonstrates this commitment through the implementation of comprehensive policies designed to keep children safe.
6. Code of Conduct Parents
Parents play a formative role in the development of their child’s sense of justice, equity, as well as the dignity and worth of all members of our school community.
7. Code of Conduct Staff
Pioneer Village School is committed to providing a child-safe environment which safeguards all students and is committed to promoting practices which provides for the safety, wellbeing and welfare of our children and young people.
8. Code of Conduct Student
Pioneer Village School offers a safe and caring environment where students are able to achieve success. PVS offers opportunities for children to excel in academic pursuits, and are carefully monitored and supported in their personal and emotional development.
9. Mandatory Reporting Policy
Pioneer Village School aims to keep all children safe. The school requires all teaching staff to attend Mandatory Reporting workshops and to be aware of their responsibilities and the legislation that supports the protection of children.
10. Screening policy
As a condition of Non-Government School Registration, the school has an obligation to provide a child-safe environment for its students as part of the Levels of Care and Prevention of Child Abuse Standards.
11. Concerns and Complaints Policy
Any member of the school community (parents, staff and student) is welcome to raise a complaint or concern about what they consider to be unfair or inequitable treatment relating to themselves, their employment, a child in the school, or another member of the wider community associated with the school.
12. Protection of Children-Anti-Grooming Policy
Pioneer Village School (PVS) aims to help protect children and young people against sexual abuse and understands it to be a community wide responsibility.
13. Staff and Student Professional Boundaries
This policy applies to all teaching staff, non-teaching staff, volunteers (direct and indirect), Third Party Contractors and External Education Providers (together, known as “staff” for the purposes of the policies related to Child Protection). Those areas related to teachers only are noted as such.
15. Visitor Guidelines
- treat all members of the Pioneer Village community with respect.
- not engage in conversation of a personal nature with students.
- seek advice of a teacher if unsure of how to deal with a student.
17. Whistleblower policy
The purpose of the Whistle-blower Policy is to allow PVS staff, parents, students, and volunteers to report serious concerns about school operations through appropriate and confidential channels without risk of retaliation, victimisation or harassment in any form. The policy is to ensure that all school operations are conducted ethically and with integrity.