Child Safety

Wilson Street Kindergarten is committed to the rights of all children to feel safe, and to be safe at all times. As of July 1st 2022, The Commission for Children and Young People implemented the eleven child safety standards below:

  1. Organisations establish a culturally safe environment in which the diverse and unique identities and experiences of Aboriginal children and young people are respected and valued.
  2. Child safety and wellbeing is embedded in organisational leadership, governance and culture.
  3. Children and young people are empowered about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously.
  4. Families and communities are informed and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing.
  5. Equity is upheld, and diverse needs respected in policy and practice.
  6. People working with children and young people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and wellbeing values in practice.
  7. Processes for complaints and concerns are child focused.
  8. Staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and young people safe through ongoing education and training.
  9. Physical and online environments promote safety and wellbeing while minimising the opportunity for children and young people to be harmed.
  10. Implementation of the Child Safe Standards is regularly reviewed and improved.
  11. Policies and procedures document how the organisation is safe for children and young people.

We foster opportunities for each child to participate, express their views and to learn and develop. Child safety, inclusiveness and equity are embedded throughout our program. We always act in the best interests of each child and we have zero tolerance approach towards child abuse, racism and gender inequality. We take all reasonable steps to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of children at all times, whilst promoting their learning and development. We train our staff in the active management of the risks of abuse or harm to a child. This includes fulfilling our duty of care and legal obligations to protect children and prevent any reasonable, foreseeable risk of injury or harm. The Child Information Sharing Scheme and Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme assists professionals and organisations to better perform their roles and responsibilities by expanding the circumstances in which they can share information to promote the wellbeing and safety of children.

The Reportable Conduct Scheme requires early childhood education and care services to respond to allegations of child abuse and other child-related misconduct made against their workers and volunteers. The President of Wilson Street Kindergarten is responsible for the legal obligations under the scheme and is ultimately responsible for the organisations compliance with the scheme.

Our Wilson Street Kindergarten Child Safety and Wellbeing Officer is Trinity Bloom,

Trin Bloom

If you need support or advice, please reach out to one of the following services:

The Orange Door – 1800 319 353 

The Orange Door is a free service for adults, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced family violence and families who need extra support with the care of children.

1800 RESPECT – 1800 737 732

1800 RESPECT is a national hotline operated by trained counsellors. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to support people impacted by family violence.

Maternal & Child Healthline – 132229

The Maternal and Child Health Line is a 24-hour telephone service in Victoria where qualified MCHNs offer information, advice and referral to all families with young children.

Safe Steps – 1800 015 188 

Safe Steps is available to support people in Victoria who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing family violence. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Chats are anonymous and accessible to anyone experiencing violence or concerned about the welfare of a loved one.

MensLine Australia – 1300 789 978

MensLine Australia is a telephone and online counselling service for men with family and relationship concerns. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Djirra – 1800 105 303 

Djirra is committed to providing culturally safe and accessible services to Aboriginal people seeking support.

InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence1800 755 988

In Touch is a specialist family violence service that works with multicultural women, their families and their communities.

Rainbow Door 1800 729 367

Rainbow Door is a free specialist LGBTIQA+ helpline providing information, support, and referral to all LGBTIQA+ Victorians, their friends and family.

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