Padua College is actively committed to fostering communities of safeguarding that recognise and uphold the dignity and rights of all children. We encourage open communication whereby families and communities are informed of relevant issues and participate in decisions about the safety of their children. It is particularly important to us to look for avenues to empower children to have a say and be listened to.
Padua College has a zero tolerance policy regarding child abuse. The College regards its child protection responsibilities with the utmost importance and as such, is committed to providing the necessary resources to ensure compliance with all relevant child protection laws and regulations, and maintaining a child safe culture.
The Padua College Child Protection and Safety Policy forms the foundation and framework for the school’s practices, policies and procedures to protect children from abuse.
If you have any concern that a child may be experiencing any form of abuse, you should immediately raise your concerns with one of our many Child Protection Officers. Whenever there are concerns that a child is in immediate danger, please contact the Police on 000.
Padua College will take appropriate, prompt action in response to all allegations or disclosures of abuse, neglect, inappropriate behaviour or concerns about child safety by reporting all matters to the Victorian Child Protection Service or the Police, depending on the allegation or disclosure made.
We regularly undertake internal and external auditing of our safeguarding policies and practices to make sure that they always support a culture and practice that puts the safety of children at the centre of our thinking and action.
Detailed information regarding Padua’s Child Protection and Safety policies, practices, reporting procedures and contact details for the Child Protection Officers at each campus are available in the PDF documents below.
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