Vulnerable Children's Policy

This policy outlines our commitment to child protection. The board is committed to the prevention of abuse and to the well-being of children and young people under our care.  It includes the board’s expectations when child abuse is reported or suspected.  All staff (including contractors and volunteers) are expected to be familiar with this policy its associated procedures and protocols, and to abide by it.

In line with section 15 of the Children, Young Person and Their Families Act, any person in our school/kura who believes that any child or young person has been, or is likely to be, harmed (whether physically, emotionally, or sexually) ill-treated, abused, neglected, or deprived may report the matter to a social worker or local police.

The board delegates responsibility to the principal to ensure that all child safety procedures are implemented and available to all staff, contractors, volunteers and parents. Therefore, the principal must:

  1. Develop appropriate procedures to meet child safety requirements as required and appropriate to the school
  2. Comply with relevant legislative requirements and responsibilities
  3. Make this policy available on the school’s internet site or available on request
  4. Ensure that every contract, or funding arrangement, that the school enters into requires the adoption of child protection policies where required
  5. Ensure the interests and protection of the child are paramount in all circumstances
  6. Recognise the rights of family/whanau to participate in the decision-making about their children
  7. Ensure that all staff are able to identify the signs and symptoms of potential abuse and neglect and are able to take appropriate action in response
  8. Support all staff to work in accordance with this policy, to work with partner agencies and organisations to ensure child protection policies are understood and implemented
  9. Promote a culture where staff feel confident they can constructively challenge poor practice or raise issues of concern without fear of reprisal
  10. Consult, discuss and share relevant information in a timely way regarding any concerns about an individual child with the board or designated person
  11. Seek advice as necessary from NZSTA advisors on employment matters and other relevant agencies where child safety issues arise
  12. Make available professional development, resources and/or advice to ensure all staff can carry out their roles in terms of this policy
  13. Ensure that this policy forms part of the initial staff induction programme for each staff member
  14. Ensure that a report is provided for the school’s annual report re progress on implementation and compliance with any funding/contracting requirements

Related documentation and information

Further information including frequently asked questions (FAQs) and templates are available on the  

Last updated 17 May 2016
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