Child Safe Standard 4Screening, supervision, training and other human resourcespractices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existingpersonnelRationaleStaff selection, supervision and training are essential in ensuring that a nurturing schoolenvironment and commitment to the safety of children is developed and sustained. Thesepractices also send strong messages about the school’s ‘zero tolerance of child abuse’policy to prospective employees and volunteers.Catholic schools have a moral, legal and mission-driven responsibility to create nurturingschool environments where children and young people are respected, their voices are heardand where they are safe and feel safe (CECV 2016).In BriefStandard 4 establishes the human resources practices that schools should adopt in order toreduce the risk of child abuse. Both newly recruited and existing staff and volunteers inschools need to understand the importance of child safety, be trained to minimise the risk ofchild abuse, and be aware of the school’s relevant policies and procedures. Recruitmentprocesses should be stringent in ensuring that relevant checks have been made. Inductionprocesses need to include information on the school’s policies, commitment and practices inregards to child safety. Ongoing training, supervision and monitoring of suitability to workwith children should be part of a school’s human resources practices.Ministerial Order RequirementsThe Victorian government has introduced minimum Child Safe Standards into law to ensureorganisations providing services for children create child safe environments. In accordancewith Ministerial Order No. 870 (State of Victoria, Department of Education and Training2016) all Victorian schools will be required to comply with these new standards from 1August 2016 as part of their registration requirements.The Ministerial Order (State of Victoria, Department of Education and Training 2016)specifies the following requirements for schools regarding school staff selection, supervisionand management practices for a child-safe environment:1. Subject to the requirements of the ETR Act, the school governing authority must ensurethat the school implements practices for a child-safe environment in accordance with thisclause.2. Each job or category of jobs for school staff that involves child-connected work must havea clear statement that sets out:a. the job’s requirements, duties and responsibilities regarding child safety; andb. the job occupant’s essential or relevant qualifications, experience and attributes in relationto child safety.3. All applicants for jobs that involve child-connected work for the school must be informedabout the school’s child safety practices (including the code of conduct).4. In accordance with any applicable legal requirement or school policy, the school mustmake reasonable e orts to gather, verify and record the following information about a personwhom it proposes to engage to perform child-connected work:a.Working with Children Check status, or similar check;b.proof of personal identity and any professional or other qualifcations;c.the person’s history of work involving children; andd. references that address the person’s suitability for the job and working with children5. The school need not comply with the requirements in Clause 10(4) if it has already madereasonable e orts to gather, verify and record the information set out in Clauses 10(4)(a) to10(4)(d) about a particular individual within the previous 12 months.6.The school must ensure that appropriate supervision or support arrangements are in placein relation to:- the induction of new school staff into the school’s policies, codes, practices, andprocedures governing child safety and child-connected work; and- monitoring and assessing a job occupant’s continuing suitability for child-connected work.St Theresa’s School ActionsSt Theresa’s School has or will undertake to carry out the following to ensure that all staff,volunteers and contractors are aware of and support the school’s zero tolerance to childabuse and commitment to Child Safety:• Revise and create clear role descriptions for staff and volunteers ensuring that duties andresponsibilities regarding child safety are included and that essential and relevantqualifications, experiences and attributes in relation to child safety are clear.• Provide all applicants with access to the school’s Child Safety policy and Code ofConduct.• Ensure that advertisements for new positions include a statement about the school’scommitment to child safe practices.• When recruiting and selecting staff , contractors and volunteers, the school will makereasonable efforts to gather, verify and record the following information:– Working with Children Check status, or similar check– proof of personal identity and any professional or other qualifications– the person’s history of work involving children– references that address the person’s suitability for the job and working withchildren.• Include information on policies, practices and codes pertaining to child safety in theschool’s staff induction program.• Establish processes for monitoring and assessing the continuing suitability of staff to workwith children including regularly reviews of the status of Working with ChildrenChecks and staff professional registration requirements such as VIT registration.• Document the updated processes for selection and supervision of staff with regard to childsafety. Communicate these with the school’s governing authority and obtain their writtenendorsement of these processes.• Review and establish active supervision requirements for staff , contractors and volunteerswho work with children in the school.• Continue to monitor, evaluate and review the human resource practices and procedures toensure that child safety is embedded in the school.• Ensure inclusive practices in the school’s development and training of staff and volunteers.• Enable regular professional learning and training of staff to build deeper understandings ofchild safety and prevention of abuse.• Consider how child safety and awareness can be incorporated into ongoing appraisal andfeedback processes for employees at the school.