Child Protection Policy
Ensuring the wellbeing and safety of children, including the prevention of child abuse or maltreatment, is a paramount goal of Christ’s College.
Christ’s College is committed to promoting and providing an environment for children which is free from any form of abuse. It also recognises the College will ensure that staff can identify the signs of abuse or neglect and are able to respond appropriately.
The interests of the child will be the paramount consideration when any action is taken in response to suspected abuse or neglect. The College commits to supporting the statutory agencies (Oranga Tamariki and the New Zealand Police) to investigate abuse and will report suspected cases and concerns to these agencies as per the process in this policy. Our Child Protection Coordinator will be responsible for the maintenance and annual review of this policy, in addition to carrying out the responsibilities outlined in this policy. Staff will not assume responsibility beyond the level of their experience and training. The College commits to ensuring staff have access to the training they need.
This policy is designed to be consistent with requirements detailed in section 18 of Children’s Act 2014. It is consistent with Oranga Tamariki and Police guidelines.