NAG 5.17 Child Protection

 

Adopted 17th June 2019

Reviewed July 2021

The next review date will be July 2024.

 

Policy Statement

KingsGate School will ensure the wellbeing and safety of children, including the prevention of child abuse or maltreatment. The interests of the child will be the chief consideration when any action is taken in response to suspected abuse or neglect. KingsGate School commits to support the statutory agencies (Oranga Tamariki (Ministry for Children) and the New Zealand Police) to investigate abuse and will report suspected cases and concerns to these agencies as per the process listed in KingsGate School’s Child Protection Procedures. Staff will not assume responsibility beyond their level of experience and training. All staff and volunteers who deal directly with students in an unsupervised manner will be police vetted as part of normal practice. The principle of natural justice shall be applied to all allegations.

 

Biblical Principle

The Bible makes clear that children are precious and a gift from Him (Psa 127:3), that their vulnerability should never be exploited (Mat 18:16) and that He has committed children in our care to our protection (Jas 1:27).

 

Procedural Guidelines

Where there is suspected or disclosed instances of child abuse, KingsGate staff will follow the procedures set out in the KingsGate Procedures Manual.

Guardians/Caregivers will be fully informed by the Principal, in consultation with the statutory agency, of alleged abuse, except when it is believed that the child could be put at risk.

Periodic training will be offered to appropriate staff on identifying and reporting abuse. Refer “Breaking the Cycle – An Interagency Guide to Child Abuse,” Oranga Tamariki (Ministry for Children).

NZ Police vetting will be required for all non-teaching staff and unsupervised volunteers at KingsGate School. Regular volunteers must be police vetted. Non-regular volunteers should be police vetted at the discretion of the Principal.

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