Child Safety

Darul Ulum Academy is committed to promoting the wellbeing of students and protecting them from abuse by fostering and creating environments where children feel safe and welcomed. We promote the virtue of maintaining respectful relationships between students and their peers and between students and adults. This is reinforced when all parties are informed of their rights and equally conscious of their duties and obligations towards others.

Statement of Commitment to Child Safety

We have no tolerance of child abuse or discrimination and are committed to apply measures to identify and manage risks of harm to our students in the school environment.

Students are informed about the various means available for them to voice their concerns and when a concern is raised, it is taken seriously and responded to accordingly.

In line with the Ministerial Order No 1359 – Implementing the Child Safety Standards – Managing the risk of child abuse in schools and school boarding premises which details how the Victorian Child Safe Standards apply in school environments Darul Ulum Academy has an updated Child Safe policy which can be accessed through the schoolbox parent portal which addresses the School’s Child Safety policy. This policy provides an overview of our school’s approach in implementing Child Safe Standards.

The Child Safe Standards aim to:

  • promote the safety of children
  • prevent child abuse
  • ensure organisations and businesses have effective processes in place to respond to and report all allegations of child abuse.

Child Safe Standards work by:

  • driving changes in organisational culture – embedding child safety in everyday thinking and practice
  • providing a minimum standard of child safety across all organisations
  • highlighting that we all have a role to keep children safe from abuse.

The Child Safe Standards

There are 11 Child Safe Standards updated and enforced since 1st July 2022:

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

[Ms. Aniza Baharin – Student Wellbeing Coordinator]