Child Safety and Wellbeing

Child Safety and Wellbeing Statement

Eastside Lutheran College is committed to the safety, wellbeing and protection of all students and children in our care.

This commitment includes the provision of a safe and supportive learning environment for all students and requires all employees, volunteers and visitors to model and encourage exemplary behaviour that protects students from harm.

We promote a culture where children feel safe and have a voice in decisions that affect them. The School has the responsibility to ensure that every member of our community understands the responsibility they have and the important role they play to ensure the safety of all children in our care.

We will take a proactive and preventive role in child safety and support a climate where all people feel safe to report concerns. The School is committed to following employment procedures in accordance with the principles of the Australian Childhood Foundation Safeguarding Children Program and National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.

It is the responsibility of all at Eastside Lutheran College, to understand the important responsibility they have to:

  • Protect children and young people from all forms of abuse, bullying and exploitation by our people;
  • Be alert to incidents of child abuse and neglect occurring outside the scope of our operations and services that may have an impact on children and young people to whom we provide a service; and
  • Create and maintain a child safe culture that is understood, endorsed and put into action by all the individuals who work for, volunteer or access our programs and services.

We expect all within our organisation, regardless of their role or level of responsibility, to act to safeguard children and young people from such harm by:

  • Adopting the practices and behaviour we have set as our standard when carrying out their roles; and
  • Reporting any abuse or neglect of which they become aware to our management and/or to external authorities responsible for child protection or to police, regardless of whether that abuse is being perpetrated by personnel within our organisation, or by those outside our organisation including those from the child’s family, extended family, their family’s extended network or strangers.

For more information, please refer to the policies listed below: