At Brunswick South West Primary School all of our children are considered unique and full of promise. Our school prides itself on a calm and orderly environment where every child is known, and where each individual is both equipped and challenged to chase their dreams and fulfil their unique talents.
Our school is very much a hub of the community. Our grounds are open on the weekends and outside of school hours for families to have picnics, catch up with friends, and explore our gardens, playgrounds and check on the chickens! We believe that for children to be the best they can be, the connection between home and school must be strong. We encourage future families to become a part of our school community by participating in our community events, exploring our grounds, and connecting with other members in our school community.
At Brunswick South West Primary School we understand that learning is an interactive process. We recognise the importance of effective relationships, and we ensure that our curriculum is diverse and engaging. We understand students will learn and grow at different rates so have designed processes to ensure that each individual is given the opportunity to thrive in their own way. At Brunswick South West Primary School the children come first. All staff members work together to support, extend and challenge students. Students are offered a broad range of extra-curricular activities and an extensive leadership program aims to equip our students with the qualities necessary to become tomorrow’s leaders.
We welcome you to the Brunswick South West Primary School website and the glimpse it offers into our school community. We are incredibly proud of our school, our community and most of all – our students and we aim to ensure this website is a testament to this pride.
Please contact the school office to arrange a tour and a meeting.
Child Safe Standard
Protecting Young People
Brunswick South West Primary School has zero tolerance for child abuse. Everyone working at Brunswick South West Primary School is responsible for the care and protection of the children and young people within our care and reporting of information about suspected child abuse.
All members of staff share in the responsibility for the prevention and detection of child abuse, and must:
- Familiarise themselves with the relevant laws, Code of Conduct and Brunswick South West Primary School’s policies and procedures concerning child protection, and comply with all requirements
- Receive the School’s Code of Conduct for staff
- Take all reasonable steps to protect children from abuse
- Report any reasonable belief that a child’s safety is at risk to the Principal or delegate
- Teachers fulfil their obligations as mandatory reporters
- Report any suspicion that a child’s safety may be at risk to their supervisor (or if their supervisor is involved in the suspicion, to the Principal or delegate)
- Promote the cultural safety, participation, and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
- Promote the safety, participation and empowerment of children with culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds
- Promote the safety, participation, and empowerment of children with a disability, and
- Provide an environment that is supportive of all children’s emotional and physical safety.
What are Child Safe Standards?
These standards fall under the Ministerial Order 870 – Managing the risk of child abuse in schools and take effect as of 1 August 2016. The development of the Child Safe Standards forms part of the Victorian Government’s response to the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and other Non-Government Organisations.
All Victorian schools are required to operate within a child-safe environment. Brunswick South West Primary School has met all the required standards for child safety and will continue to screen staff and train them to identify and report any suspected abuse. Brunswick South West Primary School will also work with students to make sure they also understand these important policies.
The Child Safe Standards consist of the following seven areas:
- Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements
- A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety
- A code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children
- Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
- Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
- Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
- Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children