Broadford Primary School is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.
Protecting the safety and wellbeing of children enrolled at Broadford 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.
We are committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of our children and have zero tolerance of child abuse. All allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently. We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow rigorously. The school is committed to regularly training and educating our staff and volunteers on child abuse risks and all staff undertake Mandatory Reporting training.
We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers, and are committed to the cultural safety of children from diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.
There are services that you can contact to access more information, and in some cases, to speak to somebody about your concerns.
National Child Abuse Helpline (Child Wise) – 1800 991 099
A toll-free number with access to expert advice from trained counsellors and an opportunity to speak up about child abuse.
Kids Helpline 1800 551 800
For any time and for any reason – free, private and confidential phone and online counselling 24 hrs a day 7 days a week.
Headspace (National Youth Mental Health Foundation) – 1800 650 890
Headspace can help if you are aged 12 or over and you are going through a tough time. You can talk to someone at Headspace on the phone, online or in person. They also have a lot of information on their website.
Victorian Centres Against Sexual Assault – 1800 806 292
Victorian Centres Against Sexual Assault provide services to child and adult victims/survivors of sexual assault. The assault may have occurred recently or in the past.
Create Foundation – 1800 655 105
Creating a better life for children and young people in care.
Youthlaw – 03 9611 2412
Free and confidential legal advice.