About Heathdale Christian College

Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn away from it. Proverbs 22:6

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Protecting Children in Our Care

Heathdale Christian College has a zero tolerance of child abuse. We have developed a Child Protection Policy, Procedure and a Code of Conduct. All employees, volunteers and contractors working with children in our care must abide by these policies and practices. Our aim is to protect children from abuse and embed a culture of safety. We completely reject any action or behaviour that results in the abuse of a child who is part of our community. We believe that each person is an image-bearer of God and this underpins our commitment to see every student flourish in all aspects of life as well as feel valued for who they are. As we work in partnership together, this responsibility and commitment needs to be owned by the entire College community.

The College has appointed Child Safety Officers who are available to students, staff and community members who have child safety concerns.

If you are aware or have witnessed a situation where you feel a child is at risk and wish to contact the College in a confidential manner, please email our Senior Child Safety Officers at seniorcso@heathdale.vic.edu.au to express your concern. Alternatively, you can call the College directly on (03) 9749 1522 and ask to speak to a Child Safety Officer, this can be done anonymously.

If a child is in immediate danger, please contact 000 immediately.

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National Redress Scheme

Heathdale Christian College is part of the National Redress Scheme.

Please see www.childwise.org.au for further information & resources.

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Parent Partnership

Partnering with parents is a central component of our College. We recognise that, as part of God’s design, family is important and that God gives parents the responsibility to care for, discipline and instruct their children. Within this partnership,our staff act as 'parent delegates' to students when they are in our care.

We endeavour to provide an open, welcoming and safe environment for all. We believe that parents and guardians are valuable contributors in our community and we aim to work in partnership with them in the care and growth of each student.

A mutually respectful relationship is transparent enough to articulate expectations of each other. Our Parent Code of Conduct outlines the way in which the College expects all parents/guardians to conduct themselves when visiting a College campus, participating in College activities and communicating with members of our community. It encompasses students, staff and parents and guardians.