MLC's committment to child safety


MLC is committed to providing students with a safe and nurturing environment in which to prosper and thrive. This environment exists as a result of the wellbeing roles and structures in place, sound wellbeing policies and processes and the delivery of a comprehensive student wellbeing program.

The College’s core values of respect, responsibility and compassion guide the development of all policies and procedures.

MLC is committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children and supports and respects all children, as well as employees, contractors, agency staff and volunteers. As a community, we have zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently in accordance with our robust policies and procedures. We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are concerned about a child’s safety, which we follow rigorously.

MLC is committed to preventing child abuse through identifying risks early and removing and reducing these risks. MLC has robust human resources and recruitment practices for all employees and volunteers. MLC is committed to regularly training and educating employees and volunteers on child safe practices and child abuse risks.

MLC supports and respects all children, as well as our staff and volunteers. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal students, the cultural safety of children from a culturally and/or linguistically diverse background, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.

We have specific policies, procedures and training in place that support our leadership team, staff and volunteers to achieve these commitments. MLC will ensure strict legal and moral adherence to laws and legislation.
 

Useful Contacts

Police Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team (SOCIT): Methodist Ladies’ College encourages all survivors of harm to report their experiences to SOCIT who can be contacted on (03) 8892 3250 or (03) 9881 7939

The National Redress Scheme

Methodist Ladies’ College is a participant in the National Redress Scheme. The National Redress Scheme provides support to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

The Scheme acknowledges that many children were sexually abused in Australian institutions, holds institutions accountable for this abuse, and helps people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse gain access to counselling, a direct personal response, and a Redress payment.

Details related to the National Redress Scheme can be obtained using the links below:

https://www.nationalredress.gov.au/

https://www.dss.gov.au/national-redress-scheme-for-people-who-have-experienced-institutional-child-sexual-abuse

https://knowmore.org.au/redress-and-justice/redress-scheme/

 

Community Communications

The College is committed to keeping the MLC Community informed on matters of such importance as necessary.

Letter to the MLC Community 5 November 2020

 

Information and support

These organisations can also provide support and help.

Beyondblue Support Service - Support. Advice. Action
Information and referral to relevant services for depression and anxiety related matters.
Phone: 1300 22 46 36
http://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/get-immediate-support

Bravehearts
To prevent child sexual assault in our society - to educate, empower and protect.
Phone: 1800 272 831
http://www.bravehearts.org.au

Headspace
Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. We help young people who are going through a tough time.
http://www.headspace.org.au/

The Sexual Assault & Family Violence Centre (SAFV Centre)

The SAFV Centre provides a range of free and confidential services for adults, children and young people who have experienced sexual assault and family violence. The SAFV Centre has a service in Geelong.

Phone: (03) 5222 4318
https://www.safvcentre.org.au

Lifeline
24-hour telephone counselling service.
Phone: 13 11 14
http://www.lifeline.org.au/