2021 Child Safe - Code of Conduct
PURPOSE

Boronia Heights Primary School is committed to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. Our school community recognises the importance of, and a responsibility for, ensuring our school is a safe, supportive and enriching environment which respects and fosters the dignity and self-esteem of children and young people, and enables them to thrive in their learning and development.  
This Code of Conduct aims to protect children and reduce any opportunities for child abuse or harm to occur. It also assists in understanding how to avoid or better manage risky behaviours and situations. It is intended to complement child protection legislation, Department policy, school policies and procedures and professional standards, codes or ethics as these apply to staff and other personnel.
The Principal and school leaders of Boronia Heights Primary School will support implementation and monitoring of the Code of Conduct, and will plan, implement and monitor arrangements to provide inclusive, safe and orderly schools and other learning environments. The Principal and school leaders of Boronia Heights Primary School will also provide information and support to enable the Code of Conduct to operate effectively.
All staff, contractors, volunteers and any other member of the school community involved in child-related work are required to comply with the Code of Conduct by observing expectations for appropriate behaviour below. The Code of Conduct applies in all school situations, including school camps and in the use of digital technology and social media.

ACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOURS

As staff, volunteers, contractors, and any other member of the school community involved in child-related work individually, we are responsible for supporting and promoting the safety of children by:
upholding the school’s statement of commitment to child safety at all times and adhering to the school’s
        child safe policy and other policies
taking all reasonable steps to protect children from abuse
treating students and families in the school community with respect both within the school environment and
        outside the school environment as part of normal social and community activities; including listening to and
        valuing their ideas and opinions
listening and responding to the views and concerns of students, particularly if they are telling you that they
        or another child has been abused or that they are worried about their safety/the safety of another child
welcoming all children and their families and carers and being inclusive
promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
        students
promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of students with culturally and/or
        linguistically diverse backgrounds
promoting the safety, participation and empowerment of vulnerable students and students with a disability
modelling appropriate adult behaviour
reporting any allegations of child abuse or other child safety concerns to the school’s Principal, or Assistant
        Principal
following the steps in Flowchart: CHILD SAFETY REPORTING PROCESS when one wants to raise a concern
        about breaches of the code and to how to make a complaint
listening to children and responding to them appropriately
reporting and acting on any breaches of the Code of Conduct, complaints and concerns
complying with our guidelines on physical contact with children (see unacceptable behaviours)
understanding and complying with all reporting or disclosure obligations (including mandatory reporting) as
        they relate to protecting children from harm or abuse
if child abuse is suspected, ensuring as quickly as possible that the student(s) are safe and protected from
        harm
respecting the privacy of children and their families and only disclosing information to people who need to
        know

UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOURS

Staff, volunteers, contractors, and any other member of the school community involved in child-related work must not:
seek to use children in any way to meet the needs of adults
ignore or disregard any concerns, suspicions or disclosures of child abuse
develop ‘special’ relationships with specific children or show inappropriate attention that could be seen as
        favouritism or amount to ‘grooming’ behaviour (for example, offering gifts)
engage in rough physical games
initiate unnecessary physical contact with children or do things of a personal nature that children can do for
        themselves, such as toileting or changing clothes
treat a child unfavourably or  discriminate on the basis of age, gender, race, culture, vulnerability or sexuality
exhibit behaviours or engage in activities with students which may be interpreted  as abusive and not
        justified by the educational, therapeutic, or service delivery context
ignore behaviours by other adults towards students when they appear to be overly familiar or inappropriate
discuss content of an intimate nature or use sexual innuendo with students, except where it occurs
        relevantly in the context of parental guidance, delivering the education curriculum or a therapeutic setting
communicate directly with a student through personal or private contact channels (including by social
        media, email, instant messaging, texting etc.) except where that communication is reasonable in all the
        circumstances, related to school work or extra-curricular activities or where there is a safety concern or
        other urgent matter
photograph or video a child in a school environment except in accordance with school policy or where
        required for duty of care purposes
in the school environment or at other school events where students are present, consume alcohol contrary
        to school policy  or take illicit drugs under any circumstances

REVIEW PERIOD

This Code of Conduct was ratified at School Council on July 2020 and is due for review in July 2021.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Please fill out the information in section 2, to acknowledge that you understand and agree to comply with the terms of the Child Safety Code of Conduct.

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