Child Safety

All students at Catholic Regional College Melton have the right to feel safe and be safe. 

The wellbeing of children in our care will always be our priority, and we do not and will not tolerate child abuse. We continue to embed a culture that provides a child-safe and child-friendly environment where children are free to enjoy life to the full without any concern for their safety. 

There is particular attention paid to the most vulnerable children, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and children with a disability.

Our commitment to our students:

  • We commit to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people enrolled in our school.
  • We commit to providing children and young people with positive and nurturing experiences.
  • We commit to listening to children and young people and empowering them by taking their views seriously and addressing any concerns they raise with us.
  • We commit to taking action to ensure we protect children and young people from abuse or harm.
  • We commit to teaching children and young people the necessary skills and knowledge to understand and maintain their safety and wellbeing.
  • We commit to seeking input and feedback from students regarding the creation of a safe school environment.

Our commitment to our parents and carers:

  • We commit to communicating honestly and openly with parents and carers about the wellbeing and safety of their children.
  • We commit to engaging with, and listening to, the views of parents and carers about our child safety practice, policies and procedures.
  • We commit to transparency in our decision-making with parents and guardians, where it will not compromise the safety of children or young people.
  • We commit to acknowledging the cultural diversity of students and families and being sensitive to how this may impact on student safety issues.
  • We commit to continuously reviewing and improving our systems to protect children from abuse.

Our commitment to our school staff:

  • We commit to providing all College staff with the necessary support to enable them to fulfil their roles, including regular and appropriate learning opportunities.
  • We commit to providing updates on policy and procedures for child safety and young people’s protection and wellbeing. We will train staff to ensure they are aware of the principles and intent of the Child Safety Policy and Child Safety Code of Conduct and their responsibility to report concerns.
  • We commit to listening to all concerns voiced by staff, clergy, volunteers, and contractors about keeping children and young people safe from harm.
  • We commit to providing opportunities for school employees, volunteers, contractors and clergy to receive formal debriefing and counselling arising from incidents of the abuse of a child or young person.

For information on child safety from the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria (CECV) follow this link.

CECV Commitment Statement to Child Safety

For all our child safety policies click here.

To learn more about the procedures the College follows in response to concerns of child abuse, neglect or harm, click on the links below from the Victorian Department of Education and Training.

A step-by-step guide to making a report to Child Protection or Child FIRST

Protect Feeling Safe Secondary School Students