Kaipaki School aims to ensure the safety, wellbeing, and security of all children by practising open and accountable child-centred decision-making. We recognise the importance of involving family/whānau in decision-making about their children, and will involve children in decision-making about themselves in age-appropriate ways. We acknowledge that child protection is everyone’s responsibility and we promote our child protection policies to our school community.
We share information with appropriate agencies if sharing that information will protect or improve the safety, health, or wellbeing of a child. In all circumstances, Kaipaki School is carefully guided by privacy considerations in the sharing of information. By law, we can share information with the police and Oranga Tamariki – Ministry for Children. See Sharing Information.
Student and staff safety
We take concerns about the safety of students seriously, and respond to them quickly. Prevention and early intervention are important, and we use the least intrusive intervention possible to protect vulnerable children.
We promote a culture where staff feel confident that they can challenge poor practice, or raise issues of concern without fear of reprisal. See Protected Disclosure.
When addressing a formal complaint, the school does not use settlement agreements where these contradict a culture of child protection. See Investigate a Formal Complaint or Serious Allegation.
Child protection policy requirements
Schools are subject to the Children's Act 2014, and must have child protection policies which are readily available. As required by the Act, child protection practices are incorporated into our policies and procedures. Kaipaki School has a designated person responsible for child protection policies. Our designated person is the principal, and is the primary point of contact for concerns about a child, including concerns about abuse or neglect. Our child protection policies apply to school staff, contractors, and volunteers.
Reviewing our policies and procedures related to child protection
Key child protection policies and procedures are reviewed at least once every three years as part of the SchoolDocs review cycle (see table below). Our school's designated person for child protection is involved in reviewing any policies and procedures related to child protection.
- Children's Act 2014
- Oranga Tamariki Act 1989
- Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Act 2017
- Privacy Act 2020
- Health and Safety at Work Act 2015