St Mark's is a Child Safe Organisation
St Mark’s is committed to being a child safe organisation through the prevention, identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect. This includes the provision of support to children who have been abused; or are affected by abuse or neglect. As a School, St Mark’s believe that students should know that they are valued as people. This pastoral dimension should influence every aspect of their life.
St Mark’s follows the following 10 National Principles for being a Child Safe Organisation:
- A commitment to child safety and wellbeing is embedded in organisational leadership, governance and culture.
- Children and young people are informed about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously.
- Families and communities are informed and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing.
- Equity is promoted, and diversity is respected in policy and practice.
- People working with children and young people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and wellbeing values in practice.
- Processes for complaints and concerns are responsive, understood, accessible and used by children, young people, families, staff and volunteers.
- Staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and young people safe through ongoing education and training.
- Physical and online environments promote safety and wellbeing while minimising the opportunity for children and young people to be harmed.
- Organisations regularly review and improve implementation of their child safety and wellbeing policies and procedures.
- Policies and procedures document how the organisation is safe for children and young people.
Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum
The Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC) is a child safety program for children and young people from age 3 to Year 12 and was implemented at St Mark's in 2017.
The aim of the KS:CPC is to teach all children from a young age, in an age appropriate way, to:
- Recognise abuse and tell a trusted adult about it
- Understand what is appropriate and inappropriate touching
- Understand ways of keeping themselves safe.
The themes are:
- We all have the right to do be safe
- We can help ourselves to be safe by talking to people we trust
The focus areas are:
- The right to be safe
- Recognising and reporting abuse
- Protective strategies
Parents can access more information on the KS:CPC here.