Any student who is the victim of abuse or is concerned for the safety of another student should report this to the School Welfare Officer who is the nominated child protection officer. Students must understand that they will be fully supported by the school and that swift and appropriate action will be taken; as the wellbeing and safety of all students is of the utmost importance. Students must understand that once they have passed on information to the nominated person or another adult that the information although handled with sensitivity will not remain confidential and that other parties may have to be involved or informed but strictly on a need to know basis.
ABUSE AND NEGLECT
All personnel shall be alert for any evidence of child abuse or neglect.
Child abuse is defined as any wound, injury, disability, or physical or mental condition which is of such nature as to reasonably indicate that it has been caused by brutality, abuse, or neglect or which on the basis of available information reasonably appears to have been caused by such. Staff members having knowledge or suspicion of any child who is suffering from abuse or neglect shall report such harm immediately. This should be reported immediately to the school Social Worker who in turn should immediately report to the Principal.
The report shall include:
1 The name, address and age of the child
2 The name and address of the parents or persons having custody of the child
3 The nature and extent of the abuse or neglect
4 Any evidence to the cause or any other information that may relate to the cause or extent of the abuse or neglect
The person reporting shall be immune from liability and his/her identity shall remain confidential.
The Principal shall develop reporting procedures, including sample indicators of abuse and neglect and shall disseminate annually the procedures to all school personnel.
School Administrators and employees have a duty to cooperate, provide assistance and information in child abuse investigations.