St Mark's is a Child-Safe School

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 is proud to be a Child-Safe School, and the Anglican Schools Commission (ASC) has set policies that apply to all its schools, including St Mark's. These include:

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
  • Relationships
  • Recognising and reporting abuse
  • Protective strategies

Parents can access more information on the KS:CPC here.