Child Protection Policy

1.Child Protection Policy

1.1.Rationale:

  • To outline the board’s commitment to child protection and to acknowledge the role and responsibility of all of Allenvale staff to protect our students from child abuse.
  • To specify the process for suspected or disclosed child abuse.
  • We are committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect and to the protection of all children.

1.2. In line with Section 15 of the Children, Young Person and Their Families Act, any person in our school who believes that any child or young person has been, or is likely to be harmed whether physically, emotionally or sexually ill-treated, abused, neglected or deprived must follow school procedures and may also report the matter to a social worker or the police.

1.3. All staff members are expected to be familiar with this policy, its procedures and protocols and abide by them.

1.4 The ultimate accountability sits with the board. The board delegates responsibility to the principal to ensure that all safety procedures are implemented and available to all staff, volunteers, parents, whanau and contractors. The principal must:

    • Develop appropriate procedures and protocols in the Desk File to meet child safety requirements.
    • Comply with relevant legislative requirements.
    • Make this policy available on the school’s website or on request.
    • Ensure the interests and protection of students are paramount.
    • Acknowledge the right of family/whanau to participate in decision making about their children.
    • Ensure staff are able to identify the signs and symptoms of potential abuse and neglect, deal with disclosures by students and allegations against staff members.
    • Support all staff to work in accordance with this policy, to work with partner agencies and organisations to ensure child protection policies are understood and implemented.
    • Promote a culture where staff feel confident they can constructively challenge poor behaviour or practice or raise issues of concern without fear of reprisal.
    • Consult, discuss and share information in line with our commitment to confidentiality and information sharing protocols in a timely way regarding any concerns about an individual student with the board chair or delegate.
    • Seek advice as necessary from NZSTA Industrial Advisers on employment matters and other relevant agencies where student safety issues arise.
    • Make available professional development, resources and/or advice to ensure staff can perform their duties under this policy.
    • Ensure all staff are given a copy of this policy as part of the initial staff induction programme.

Safe Recruitment of Staff Procedures.

The Deputy Principal is charged with responsibility for safety checking of all casual staff prior to appointment into a casual position as a relief teacher or relief teacher assistant.

The Executive Officer will be responsible for the three yearly checking of police vetting for all staff who are not registered teachers.

The Senior Management Team will be responsible for the safety procedures listed below for all long term fixed appointments and permanent positions.

Safety checks must include:

      1. Confirmation of identity: a primary identification document to establish that the claimed identity exists, a second form of official identification that shows identity is used in the community, photographic identification verified in person.
      2. Confirmation of address by the provision of personally addressed official documents.
      3. Confirmation of qualifications: transcript and proof of education achievement and professional registration checks. Certified copies are acceptable.
      4. New Zealand Police vetting.
      5. Good character assessment: Interviews, information from referees, information from relevant professional organisations or registration bodies.
      6. Risk assessment process.
      7. Safety checks are to be updated every three years.

Desk File References:

    1. Abuse – Students – External/Internal
    2. Bullying and Emotional Welfare
    3. Documentation and Reporting of Suspected Child Abuse
    4. Protected Disclaimer
    5. Reporting Injuries of students on arrival at school
    6. Student Welfare
    7. Volunteers

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