Child Safe Standards
Victorian organisations that provide services or facilities for children are required by law to implement Child Safe Standards to protect children from harm.
The Child Safe Standards aim to:
- Promote the safety of children.
- Prevent child abuse.
- Ensure organisations and businesses have effective processes in place to respond to and report all allegations of child abuse.
Child Safe Standards work by:
- Driving changes in organisational culture – embedding child safety in everyday thinking and practice.
- Providing a minimum standard of child safety across all organisations.
- Highlighting that we all have a role to keep children safe from abuse.
For further information please refer to the website of the Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) https://ccyp.vic.gov.au/child-safe-standards/
Child Safe Statement
Highmount Preschool is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. We have a zero-tolerance approach to child abuse and are committed to creating and maintaining a child-safe environment where all children are valued and protected from abuse.
We are an inclusive organisation that recognises and respects diversity and believe that all children have the right to be protected from harm and to be treated with dignity and respect.
We are committed to supporting and building the cultural safety and inclusion of all children, regardless of their age, gender identity, ethnicity, religious beliefs, ability, and family background.
We recognise the distinctive history and experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and respect and observe their cultural rights. We are committed to creating a culturally safe and inclusive environment in which the diverse and unique identities, experiences and cultural rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people are respected and valued.
As a child safe organisation, we are committed to providing welcoming, safe, and accessible environments where all children feel valued, are listened to, and are genuinely considered and involved in decision making.
The wellbeing and safety of the children in our care will always be our priority. We have specific policies, procedures, and practices in place to support our management, educators, and volunteers to achieve these commitments, and are aware of our legal and moral obligations to contact authorities if we have concerns about a child’s safety.
For a full copy of our Child Safety and Wellbeing Policy, please visit the policies section of our website. If you believe a child is at immediate risk of abuse phone 000.