Annesley is committed to ensuring we do all that we can to honour the children in our organisation by implementing, with rigour, the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. The filter of our decision making processes as a School is driven by the question ‘what is best for children?’ Child Safe is a weekly agenda item on our formal and informal meetings, is an agenda item at our monthly Council meeting, is front of mind in our Risk Assessment processes, paramount in our partnerships with external organisations and central in our planning for learning and teaching. As Principal, I am proud to be Annesley’s Senior Child Protection Officer. Children have a genuine voice at all levels of our organisation at Annesley. This is intentional and central to a Child Safe culture.
‘The National Principles collectively show that a child safe organisation is one that creates a culture, adopts strategies and takes action to promote child wellbeing and prevent harm to children and young people. A child safe organisation consciously and systematically:
- Creates an environment where children’s safety and wellbeing is the centre of thought, values and actions
- Places emphasis on genuine engagement with and valuing of children
- Creates conditions that reduce the likelihood of harm to children and young people
- Creates conditions that increase the likelihood of identifying any harm
- Responds to any concerns, disclosures, allegations or suspicions of harm