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Child Protection Policy
Rationale:
The Children’s Act 2014 requires schools to have a Child Protection Policy. Jean Seabrook Memorial School wants to ensure the physical and emotional well-being of the children on its roll.
Objectives:
 Children are physically and emotionally safe at school.
 Staff act decisively to promote the well-being of children on the roll.
 Staff intervene appropriately to protect children considered at risk of emotional and/or physical harm.
Background:
 Privacy Act 2020
 Children’s Act 2014
 Vulnerable Children Act 2014 (and amendments)
 Oranga Tamariki Act (Children’s and Young People’s Well-Being Act) 1989
 Education and Training Act 2020
 Employment Relations Act 2000
 Education Act 1989
 Education Outside the Classroom Guidelines: Bringing the Curriculum Alive, Learning Safely. 2009.
Other background:
 The Director is the Child Protection officer.
 Police vetting is conducted of all staff as required by Education and Training Act 2020. Appointments depend on a clear Police Vet, up-dated every three years which are organised by the Centre Manager.
 The guidelines for physical restraint are followed according to Guidelines for Registered Schools in NZ on the Use of Physical Restraint. 2017. Only the Principal and teachers may use physical restraint.
 Information about enrolled students is kept safe in compliance with the requirements of the Privacy Act 2020.
 Employment Contracts for all staff at Seabrook McKenzie Centre describe their obligations and requirements for dealing with confidential information.
 There is a registered Evacuation Scheme Procedure 2005
 All teachers at JSMS are required to maintain current teacher registration. Other professional staff (psychologists, occupational therapist and speech language therapist) are required to have current registration with their professional bodies.
 SMC building and grounds have a current Warrant of Fitness according to the Building Act 2004.
 There is a Conflict Resolution Policy, a Bullying Policy, a Complaint Policy and reporting
Suspected Child Abuse Policy.
Procedures:
 Everyone who enters the building must sign in and out of the premises every day.
 Parents and caregivers have access to the teachers daily, to share information.
 The Centre Manager checks the building monthly for Health and Safety, first aid stocks, and
fire protection issues.
 Teacher aides clean and check equipment at the end of every term.
 The Occupational Therapist checks equipment every term.
 Volunteers and interns sign a Code of Conduct form, (which contains a confidentiality
section) and have a clear police vet.
 Use of Richmond Park, including crossing the Centre car park and Pavitt St, is supervised at
all times.
 Education Outside the Classroom (EOTC) procedures are followed.
 There is adult supervision of the playground at breaks.
 Smoking and Vaping is not permitted on the premises or by adults accompanying students in
the community (including Richmond Park).
 Fire, Evacuation, Emergency Lockdown procedures are displayed in prominent positions on
the premises.
 Evacuation procedures are practised every term and reported on to FENZ who approved the
scheme in 2005.
 Emergency food supplies are stored in the staff room and main office. Medicines are kept in a
locked cabinet in the main office.
 The First Aid cabinet contains only equipment of a general nature and is in the Principal’s
office along with the sick bed. Both are highly visible.
 There is a compliant AED in the main office.
 Training for the Essential First Aid Course Certificate, including AED training, is offered to
all staff every two years.
 The Principal has contact details of all students on her phone. A paper form of the contact
details and health information is kept in the receptionist’s office.
 The time out areas are in highly visible locations (Director’s office, OT area and sick bed).
No child is secluded.
 Guidelines for Registered School in NZ on the use of Physical Restraint (2017) is adhered to.
 A Health and Safety report is made to the Trust Board at the regular meetings every two
months. This includes solutions to issues.
 There is a fortnightly therapist/teacher meeting to discuss issues or concerns arising with
students.
 Undesirable behaviour is seen as opportunities to learn rather than opportunities for
punishment. The Director is available for restorative chats if needed as part of Conflict
Resolution between students.
 Staff are educated on signs of abuse and neglect at an annual teacher/psychologist meeting.
They are required to follow the Reporting Child Abuse Policy. Suspected instances of child
abuse are reported to the Principal who will inform authorities as required by law. Signs may
be also reported in the fortnightly meeting to allow psychologists/Principal to take appropriate
action.
 MOE have office contact details in the case of national or local emergency messages.
 Staff are required to report building maintenance issues. Issues are attended to in a timely
manner depending on the risk or urgency of the issue.
 The computers in the classrooms do not have internet access. All internet access on teacher
computers have adult supervision.
 We ensure we have written consent form the parent/guardian before sharing private
information (oral or written) with a third party.
Reviewed by the Trust Board Feb 2021