Child Safe Standards

Westgarth Primary School is a Child Safe School.


We have a firm commitment to uphold the standards and to embed a culture of child safety. Strategies that seek to prevent harm and neglect (including physical, sexual, emotional, neglect, racial and cultural or religious abuse) all contribute to a child safe culture. It is therefore critical that child safety is part of the everyday thinking and practice of all within the school community.

Protecting the safety and wellbeing of children enrolled at Westgarth Primary School is our highest priority.  Families put their trust in the staff, volunteers and external providers to keep their children safe as they learn. We know students learn best when they feel they are in a safe and supportive environment.


 As required by Ministerial Order 870 all schools are required to:

  • have zero tolerance for child abuse
  • demonstrate commitment to providing a child safe environment
  • have systems to protect children from abuse, and takes all allegations and concerns seriously with the commitment to respond to them consistently in line with the Schools policies and procedures
  • be committed to raising awareness of the importance of child safety
  • actively work to listen to and empower children
  • promote the cultural safety of Aboriginal children, children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and children with a disability


In response to the Ministerial Order, the Victorian Government has introduced seven Child Safe Standards across all organisations in the Victorian communities where children spend time. These standards:

  • build a stronger and more consistent approach to preventing and responding to child abuse
  • support the empowerment of all students
  • embed a culture of child safety at Westgarth Primary School.


Schools should be the safest place for children after the family home, and these new standards will support the work that school staff do to maintain the safety and security of our children.


Child Safe Standards build on existing school policies, and strengthen the work across Victorian early years services.  Westgarth Primary School is committed to the protection of all children from all forms of child abuse. 


Meeting the Standards is about considering the needs of all children, particularly those who may be vulnerable due to age, family circumstances, abilities, or indigenous, cultural or linguistic backgrounds.

All members of our community share the responsibility for keeping our students safe so if you have concerns for a child’s safety you must take action. 


Please see our Child Safe Policy, Child Safe Code of Conduct, Duty Of Care Policy and Responding Reporting Policy

Please also see:
Cultural safety for aboriginal children (Tip Sheet)
Empowerment and participation of children (Tip sheet)
Protecting children from abuse (Facts for parents)
Responding to suspected child abuse (Template for schools)

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