Our 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 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.

Our Child Safe Culture

At Methodist Ladies' College we believe that the safety of children is dependent on the existence of a child safe culture within our College community. We have developed the following work systems, practices, policies and procedures designed to create a child safe culture including:

  • a holistic approach to child safety through this Child Safety Program
  • the appointment of the College's Child Protection Officers and a Senior Child Protection Officer
  • establishing key child safety principles in our MLC Child Safe Policy
  • establishing clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with students through our Child Safe Code of Conduct and Staff and Student Professional Boundaries policy
  • educating our Board, staff and Direct Contact Volunteers through our Child Safety Training
  • clear procedures for reporting alleged or suspected incidents of child abuse
  • recognition that children from culturally diverse backgrounds have the right to special care and support including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
  • recognition that children who have any kind of disability have the right to special care and support
  • clearly defining the roles and responsibilities of personnel involved in protecting children

 
To contact the College regarding any child safety concern, please email:
childsafety@mlc.vic.edu.au


Key Documents and Policies:

MLC Child Safe Policy
MLC Child Safe Code of Conduct
Staff and Student Professional Boundaries Policy
MLC Child Protection Indicent Report Form

Please visit our Policies and Guidelines page for all documentation.