Our Commitment to Child Safety

The welfare and best interests of the child are paramount.

If you have concerns that a child is in immediate danger, call the Police on 000.

At Freshwater Creek Steiner School we have zero tolerance for child abuse and are committed to acting in children’s best interests and keeping them safe from harm. The School regards its child protection responsibilities as being of the utmost importance and as such, is committed to providing the necessary resources:

  • to ensure compliance with all relevant child protection laws and regulations

  • to maintain a child safe culture.

Child Safe Policies

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CHILD SAFE STANDARDS POLICY (SUMMARY) PDF 246 KB

Freshwater Creek Steiner School has zero tolerance for child abuse and is committed to the protection of all children from all forms of child abuse.

CHILD SAFE CODE OF CONDUCT PDF 155 KB

Freshwater Creek Steiner School’s Child Safety Code of Conduct lists behaviours that are acceptable and those that are unacceptable. It provides a high-level statement of professional boundaries, ethical behaviour and acceptable and unacceptable relationships.

MANDATORY REPORTING POLICY AND PROCEDURE PDF 230 KB

Reporting child sexual abuse is a community-wide responsibility. Accordingly, a new criminal offence has been created in Victoria that imposes a clear legal duty upon all adults to report information about child sexual abuse to police. 

Student Wellbeing Officers

The School's Student Wellbeing Officers can be your first point of contact for reporting child protection issues within the School. 

Freshwater Creek Steiner School's Student Wellbeing Officers are available to answer any questions that you may have with respect to our Child Safe Policy and the Child Protection Program. 

Student Wellbeing Officers are selected for their:

  • personal attitudes, experiences and beliefs, for example, a person who is non-judgmental, calm, resilient and demonstrates a high degree of integrity and respect for confidentiality

  • role within the School, for example, a person who has seniority and experience working with complex student and family issues at the School and someone who is readily accessible and available to all members of the School community

  • personal profile within the School, for example, a person who is approachable, who students and staff trust and who is willing and able to respond to issues personally and sensitively.

 
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Gabby Brennan

Senior Student Wellbeing Officer

As Head of School and Senior Student Wellbeing Officer, Gabby is our contact for the wider community when they have child protection concerns relating to the School.

Phone 03 5264 5077 or email info@fwcss.vic.edu.au

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Lisa Anderson

Student Wellbeing Officer

As Prep teacher Lisa works in the Early Childhood area. She has been at the school for more than a decade and taught most of the children during their early years.

Phone 03 5264 5077 or email info@fwcss.vic.edu.au

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Mandy Toohey

Student Wellbeing Officer

Working in Reception, Mandy receives visitors, and takes general calls and emails. Mandy is also the school's First Aid Officer. The children and families know Mandy and she is available during school hours.

Phone 03 5264 5077 or email info@fwcss.vic.edu.au

 

If you have any concern that a child may be experiencing any form of abuse, whether or not you have formed a belief on reasonable grounds that the abuse has occurred, you should immediately raise your concerns with one of our Student Wellbeing Officers.

Please be aware that consulting with a Student Wellbeing Officer does not change any obligation you have under legislation to report to an external authority.