Child Safety & Bullying

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Child Safety & Bullying

OLGC has a strong commitment to the care, safety and wellbeing of all students in our school. We involve students when making decisions, we listen to them and respect what they have to say.

Professional Standards for Child Safety

Child Safety is everyone's responsibility

At Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) Primary School we hold the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as a central and fundamental responsibility of our school. Our commitment is drawn from and inherent in the teaching and mission of Jesus Christ, with love, justice and the sanctity of each human person at the heart of the gospel (CECV Commitment Statement to Child Safety).

The Victorian government has introduced minimum Child Safe Standards into law to ensure organisations providing services for children create child safe environments. Our policies and procedures take into account relevant legislative requirements within the state of Victoria, including the specific requirements of the Victorian Child Safe Standards as set out in Ministerial Order No. 870

There are seven minimum child safe standards with an overarching principle of inclusion which applies to each of the Standards. The intention of these new Child Safe Standards is to make organisations, including schools, consider and address child abuse situations and risks in an integrated and proactive fashion. 

Key Policy Documents

OLGC has formalised policies and procedure to respond to the new Ministerial Standard.

OLGC Child Safety PolicyOLGC Volunteer Policy and Guidelines
OLGC Child Safety Code of ConductOLGC Volunteer Role Description
OLGC Child Safety Commitment StatementOLGC Working with Children Check Policy
OLGC Reportable Conduct
Four Critical Actions for Reporting Child Abuse

Information relating to Melbourne Catholic Education’s commitment to the new Ministerial Standards is also available on the CECV Child Safety website and Catholic Education Melbourne

Information relating to the Department of Education's support of staff and students is available on the Department of Education (DET) website.

Should any member of our School community, including visitors to our school, have any queries in regard to the School’s policy or procedures, please make contact with either of the following personnel on (03) 8808 8400

Our Lady of Good Counsel Primary School promotes the safety, wellbeing and inclusion of all children and young people.


At OLGC we believe every student has the right to feel safe from bullying. We are committed to providing a positive culture where bullying is not accepted. All have the right to be treated with respect, the right to learn or to teach, and a right to feel safe and secure in their school environment. This Bullying Prevention Policy complements our Student Wellbeing Policy.

Definition of Bullying

Bullying is repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological aggressive behaviour by a person or group directed towards a less powerful person or group that is intended to cause harm, distress or fear.

At OLGC we aim to develop knowledge, skills, behaviours and attitudes to promote bullying prevention behaviours by:

  • Taking a whole-school approach that focuses on safety and wellbeing throughout all school practices
  • Providing students with bullying prevention strategies that aim to promote positive student behaviour, prevent anti-social behaviour, and encourage respect, tolerance, compassion and cooperation.Reinforcing within the school community what constitutes bullying, and the fact that it is unacceptable
  • Encouraging everyone within the school community to be alert to signs and evidence of bullying and to have a responsibility to report it to staff whether as observer or victim.
  • Ensuring that all reported incidents of bullying are followed up appropriately and that support is given to both victims and perpetrators.
  • Documenting any reported incidents of bullying.

Student Bullying Prevention Policy

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