Mildura Christian College is a child safe school. We are committed to ensuring that the children who attend our school are safe and protected. Our goal is to maximise learning and fulfil potential for all our students in a Christian environment that is nurturing, comfortable, inspiring and, above all, as safe, secure and compassionate as possible. This, we believe, is how children best learn, grow and flourish.
Mildura Christian College has zero tolerance for child abuse. Child abuse of any kind; physical, verbal, sexual, emotional or neglect is never acceptable.
Mildura Christian College considers that all staff, volunteers, contractors, regular visitors and students over 18 years old have a moral obligation to report child safety concerns, irrespective of mandatory reporting responsibilities.
Mildura Christian College is committed to the emotional, physical, cultural and spiritual wellbeing of children and recognises its moral and legal responsibility to ensure the safety of all children attending the school.
Mildura Christian College’s commitment to child safety is based on the following key concepts:
- The abuse of children is morally and legally wrong and is never the child’s fault.
- Prevention of child abuse is the responsibility of all adults associated with Mildura Christian College, including all teachers, employees and volunteers.
- Creating a child safe environment is the responsibility of all adults involved in an organisation;
- Raising concerns about the safety of children does not require conclusive evidence of harm; a reasonable belief that a child is at risk, is sufficient to take action.
Mildura Christian College is committed to the empowerment of children and young people and recognises that empowered and aware children and young people are more likely to speak up or provide an indication of discomfort or concern.
Mildura Christian College is committed to respectful communication with children and families at all times. Mildura Christian College recognises that respectful communication is critical to ensuring a school culture which promotes child safety.
Mildura Christian College is committed to empowering and enabling volunteers and employees to actively contribute to building a culture of child safety. Mildura Christian College recognises that empowered and enabled volunteers and employees are critical to a child safe culture.
Mildura Christian College is committed to responding to concerns of child abuse and neglect in a robust, timely and child-focused manner. More broadly, Mildura Christian College is committed to establishing and maintaining an organisational culture of child safety which means all stakeholders (employees, volunteers, children, parents and carers) feel confident to raise concerns. In doing so, Mildura Christian College aims to prevent harm before it occurs.
Mildura Christian College is a risk-focused organisation and is committed to regularly reviewing all of its activities to assess possible risks and apply mitigation strategies.
Mildura Christian College is a learning organisation. Where child safety concerns do arise, Mildura Christian College is committed to examining incidents to determine if changes to policy, procedure or process are required.