Statement of Commitment to Child Safety
Wanganui Park Secondary College is firmly committed to the care, wellbeing and protection of its students. It recognises through its policies, practices and procedures the fundamental right of all children and adolescents to be respected, nurtured and safeguarded from any form of harm.
Wanganui Park Secondary College has zero tolerance for child abuse and is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe.
Through its policies, practices and procedures the College will support, encourage and enable staff, parents, carers and students to understand, identify, discuss and report any matters that relate to child safety.
Our principles for child safety:
In its planning, decision-making and operations Wanganui Park Secondary College will;
1. Take a preventative, proactive approach to child safety;
2. Value and empower children to participate in decisions which affect their lives;
3. Foster a culture of openness that supports all persons to safely disclose risks of harm to children
4. Respect diversity in cultures and child rearing practices while keeping child safety paramount;
5. Provide written guidance to staff on appropriate conduct and behaviour towards children;
6. Engage only the most suitable people to work with children, have high quality staff and volunteer supervision and professional development;
7. Ensure children know who to talk with if they are worried or are feeling unsafe, and that they are comfortable and encouraged to raise such issues;
8. Report suspected abuse, neglect or mistreatment promptly to the appropriate authorities per the mandatory reporting legal requirements;
9. Share information appropriately and lawfully with other organisations where the safety and wellbeing of children is at risk; and
10. Value the input of and communicate regularly with families and carers.
Protecting Children from Abuse: For Parents and Carers
Please click on the following link to get current information on what parents and carers can do to protect their child from child abuse.