Protecting the Young People in our Care
At Mentone Grammar we are committed to protecting our students from all aspects of harm by creating and maintaining a student safe culture.
Mentone Grammar takes a zero-tolerance approach to any behaviours that jeopardise student safety and wellbeing as all students deserve to learn in a calm and focused environment where they feel safe.
The School has established strategies, practices, policies and procedures in order to comply with Ministerial Order 1359 and to embed a culture of child safety within the School.
Our Support Systems
Every staff member plays a role in our Student Wellbeing program and is supported by our professional team of Psychologists, Careers Counsellors, Chaplains and Nurses. Our Mentors provide the structured support students experience each day.
We encourage any student who feels unsafe to confide in their Mentor, or another trusted adult, or to contact one of the School’s Student Safety Officers (SSO) in person or via email:
Child Safe Standards
Mentone Grammar takes all reasonable steps to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our students. Some of these steps to protect out students from harm and abuse include:
- Embed a culture of Child Safety through all levels of Mentone Grammar
- Establish a culturally safe environment for all students
- Ensure students feel empowered in their rights and are involved in decisions that affect them
- Families and the community are informed and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing
- Actively promote equality and respect each students’ diverse needs
- Physical and online environments promote safety and wellbeing and harm minimisation strategies are implemented
In order to support this Mentone Grammar has created a simple guide for students, parents and carers, staff, volunteers and contractors on how to report Child Safety concerns or instances.
Child Safety Policies
Mentone Grammar has established strategies, practices, policies, and procedures to uphold our public commitment to Child Safety. These policies are to be adhered to by the wider Mentone Grammar Community.
Some of these strategies include, but not limited to:
- Anaphylaxis Policy
- Student Safety & Protection Policy and Procedure
- Responding to Student Safety Concerns Policy
- Student Safety Recruitment and Selection Policy
- Student Safety Responsibilities
- Student Safety Staff Code of Conduct
- Parent Code of Conduct
- Student Code of Conduct
- Enrolment Policies
Click the button below to find a full list of our policies.
Safety Message from the Australian Federal Police
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) through the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) is seeing a concerning global trend of teenage males being targeted to send explicit images of themselves and then blackmailed. This is called sexual extortion, or sextortion.
The AFP is urging families to have important safety conversations to prevent young people from becoming victims. This crime can have serious wellbeing and psychological impacts.
- You can make a report via accce.gov.au/report
- For further information, resources and advice visit thinkuknow.org.au
- Support your child and know how to respond. The response kit below has been created to recognise sextortion and get help.