Child Protection Policy and Abuse Reporting
Awahono School – Grey Valley aims to ensure the safety and security of all children by practicing open and accountable child-centred decision-making. We recognize the importance of involving family/whanau in decision-making about their children, and will involve children in decision –making about themselves in age-appropriate ways. We acknowledge that child protection is everyone’s responsibility and we promote our child protection procedures to our school community.
“Child “, in the context of our school’s child protection policies, mean a child or young person aged under 18 years (who is not married or in a civil union) –Vulnerable Children Act 2014.
We take concerns about the safety of students seriously, and respond to them quickly. Prevention and early intervention are important, and we support the principle of applying the least intrusive intervention possible to protect vulnerable children.
We share information with appropriate agencies if sharing that information will protect or improve the safety, health, or well-being of a child. By law, we can share information with the police and the Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki.
Schools are subject to the Vulnerable Children Act 2014, and must have child protection procedures which are readily available. As required by the Act, child protection practices are incorporated into our policies and procedures. Awahono School – Grey Valley has a designated person responsible for child protection procedures. Our designated person is the principal, and is the primary point of contact for concerns about a child, including concerns about abuse or neglect. Our child protection procedures apply to school staff, contractors, and volunteers.
Further procedures that support this document include:
- Care and Management of Children
- Abuse Reporting
- Complaints against Staff involving Sexual Abuse
- Behaviour Management
- Internet Safety/Cybersafety
- Appointment procedures
- Protected disclosure
- Teacher Registration and Police Vetting
- Students with Special Needs