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Child Safety and Wellbeing Policy

Updated May 2023

Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School is committed to supporting the safety, participation, wellbeing, and empowerment of children and to upholding a commitment to child safety at all times and a zero tolerance of child abuse both at School and outside of school hours.

All members of the Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School community, including students, staff, board members, contractors and volunteers, are responsible for supporting the safety, participation, wellbeing and empowerment of children and are required to uphold the School’s commitment to child safety at all times maintaining zero tolerance of child abuse both at School and outside of school hours, including:

  • Treating everyone with respect and courtesy;
  • Taking all reasonable steps to protect children from abuse, including listening and responding to the concerns of children, either for themselves and/or others;
  • Promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of all children, especially those of aboriginal background, ethnically / culturally / linguistically / gender diverse backgrounds or those with a disability;
  • Educating all members of the School community to understand, identify, discuss and report child safety matters;
  • Promoting child safety within the School, on all School activities and in all School digital environments;
  • Reporting any child safety concerns to the Principal, Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School, Head of Junior School or Director of Corporate Services and ensuring any such matters are reported as per the School's Responding to Child Abuse Policy and Prevention of Child Abuse Policy to Police, the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing or other third parties in accordance with legislative requirements. A confidential email address for the reporting of any child safety concerns is also available ( Reports may also be discussed with the School’s nominated Child Safety Officers (as listed in the Appendix).

In addition, reportable allegations of child abuse made against an Ivanhoe Girls' Grammar School employee or volunteer will be reported to the Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) by the Principal. Members of the public are also able to contact the CCYP via their website if a reportable allegation of child abuse involves the Principal.

Ivanhoe Girls’ is committed to supporting the wellbeing of all its students and staff and will provide confidential support to those who disclose and/or report child abuse or are otherwise linked to suspected child abuse. The care and wellbeing of any victim of child abuse is of paramount importance to the School. Support and counselling will be made available and any particular cultural, linguistic and/or diversity needs will be respected and addressed as part of this support process.

Any allegation of child safety concerns are taken very seriously and will be dealt with according to the School’s policies and procedures and Ministerial Order 1359.

Child Safety Officers

Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School has appointed the following Child Safety Officers to assist all members of the School Community, including students, staff, Board Members, contractors and volunteers with any child safety concerns.

Ivanhoe Girls’ Child Safety Officers are:

  • Director of the ELC
  • Head of Junior School
  • Director of Curriculum, Learning and Innovation (JS)
  • Deputy Principal / Head of Senior School
  • Director of Student Wellbeing
  • School Counsellors (Registered psychologists)

All may be contacted through the School’s telephone 9490 6222 or email