William Ruthven Primary School is a Child Safe School.We have a firm commitment to uphold the Child Safe 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 William Ruthven 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:
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 Safety policy, Child Safety Responding and Reporting policy and Child Safety Code of Conduct. Please also see:WRPS Responsibilities of Child Safety Officer: Peter MarcoWRPS Child Safety CommitmentWRPS Child Safety Incident Report formWRPS Child Safety Risk Assessment How to Keep Children Safe (Easy English)Protecting Children from AbuseFlowchart: Child Safety Reporting ProcessFact Sheet: Identifying sex exploitationFact Sheet: Preventing sex exploitationFact Sheet: Responding to sex exploitationTip Sheet: Cultural Safety of Aboriginal ChildrenTip Sheet: Safety of Children from Culturally & Linguistically Diverse BackgroundsTip Sheet: Safety of Children with a DisabilityTip Sheet: Empowerment & Participation of ChildrenFor further information and resources, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/protect