The Holy Child Primary School community is committed to the safety, wellbeing and protection of all children in our care.
Protecting children from abuse
- All staff working with students or in schools have a moral and legal obligation and a duty of care to protect any child under their care from reasonably foreseeable harm (not just staff who are classified as mandatory reporters).As a school staff member, you must respond to any reasonable suspicion or belief that a child has been, or is at risk of being abused, following the Four Critical Actions.
Failure to report some forms of child abuse can constitute a criminal offence in Victoria, including where:
- an adult forms a reasonable belief that a sexual offence has been committed by another adult against a child under the age of 16 year
- it is known that a person associated with their organisation poses a substantial risk of sexually abusing children.