Balcombe Grammar School is committed to child safety.
We want students to be safe, happy and empowered. We support and respect all students, as well as our staff and volunteers.
We are committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children.
We have zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently with our policies and procedures.
We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, procedures are in place which we follow rigorously.
Balcombe Grammar is committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early, and removing and reducing these risks.
Our school has clear human resources and recruitment practices for all staff and volunteers, and we are committed to regularly training and educating our staff and volunteers on child abuse risks.
We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, children from a culturally, racially and/or linguistically diverse background, any children who are vulnerable, including LGBTIQ students and providing a safe environment for children with a disability.
We have specific policies, procedures and training in place that support our leadership team, staff and volunteers to achieve these commitments.
HOW TO REPORT CONCERNS
If you are feeling unsafe at any time or fearful of being harmed or you are concerned for another student, we encourage you to speak with a trusted adult.
This could be a parent, relative, teacher, the School Counsellor, Chaplain or the Principal.
PARENTS / ADULTS
Parents and other adult community members who have concerns or information relating to the safety of a student are encouraged to formally report the information to the Principal, Mr Ross Patterson. If the Principal is the subject of the complaint, then the report will be made to the Chairman of the Board.
Formal reports (including your contact details) can be submitted via email or in person – please phone the Personal Assistant to the Principal on (03) 5970 1100 to request a meeting time.
All reports will be treated in a confidential manner and with respect.