Parent Engagement in Child Safety

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Advocacy Campaigns

Child safety and wellbeing is one of the most important advocacy areas for CSPV and indeed for most parents of children in Catholic schools.

CSPV, in our advocacy capacity, seeks to ensure that the Catholic schools that children attend throughout each diocese in Victoria are providing a safe and secure environment for children to learn and thrive.

Our key priorities are to ensure we remain up to date and keep parents informed of the Child Safe Standards, particularly around mandatory reporting and understanding the Reportable Conduct legislation and how this impacts parents, teachers and children in Catholic learning communities.

Our role is in assisting with communication of the Child Safe Standards with parents and to provide information that is both relevant and easy to understand across a broad spectrum of family backgrounds that exist in Catholic schools in Victoria.

In moving beyond compliance, Catholic school parents must also have an understanding of what it means to develop a culture of child safety that can only be achieved in partnership with the whole school community.

CSPV play a major role in consulting and collaborating with relevant education and governing authorities in achieving this for Catholic school parents.
Our key priorities for child safety and wellbeing are:
• Prevention of bullying in schools and online
• Implementation of the Child Safe Standards
• Wellbeing programs and providing parents with resources and understanding of social and emotional learning and what makes Catholic schools unique when it comes to equipping children with these essential skills
• Developing strategies around safe and supportive learning communities for all children.


Current Advocacy Campaigns

Child Safe Standards – CSPV continue to be informed by governing authorities, VRQA (Victorian Registrations and Qualifications Authority) and CCYP (Commission for Children and Young People) on the implementation of the Child Safe Standards and Reportable Conduct Scheme in Victorian Catholic schools. Student Wellbeing – CSPV source and provide relevant and useful resources for parents both on our website and through our newsletter to build awareness of student wellbeing and the challenges that parents manage throughout the school journey with their children.   Click on the links below for useful resources related to child safety and wellbeing:

Resources – Child Safety

Online Safety – eSafety Commissioner Reportable Conduct Scheme in Victorian schools Child Safe Standards in Victorian schools CECV Child Safety in Catholic Schools New board announced for Catholic Church Professional Standards body – CPSL

Resources – Student Wellbeing

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