Wyndham Park Primary School follows the Child Safe Standards and promotes the safety and wellbeing of students, staff and families at all times.
By teaching your child about body autonomy you will be helping to protect them from abuse. These Body Safety Rules are a great place to start!
Know the Signs
Have an open conversation with your child about what the early warning signs are, so they know what is OK and what isn’t. If they feel any of these uncomfortable sensations around someone, such as a feeling scared, shaky or sick in their stomach, they must tell you or someone in their Safety Network straight away.
Help your child to come up with three to five adults that they trust and feel comfortable with. These people are their safety network, and will be people who love and respect your child. This means that your child can go to these people with any concerns or red flags and they will be taken seriously. It is up to your child, not you, who these people are. Trust their instincts.
Talk with your child about secrets, and that if anyone asks them to keep a secret that makes them feel uncomfortable, it is OK to tell them you do not keep secrets, and it is safe to tell someone in their Safety Network.
If you or someone you know needs to talk, speak to the Wellbeing Team at school or visit Kids Helpline - 1800 55 1800 (email or webchat available also)
The Wyndham Park Primary School Bully Busters portal allows students to submit an online form to notify staff that they are experiencing bullying. Students in grades 3 - 6 have access to Bully Busters on their laptops, so they are able to submit a form independently. Students in grades Foundation - 2 are encouraged to speak to their classroom teacher or a member of the Wellbeing Team.
Students that need extra support to navigate safe break times, are encouraged to make a Plan for Play.
Having a plan, allows students to build their resilience by identifying what or who causes them issues and planning to minimise the chances of that happening.
Healthy relationships start with feeling respected and safe. At Wyndham Park Primary School we promote gender equality and focus on Empowerment, Resilience and Respect.
Everyone has a right to respect and safety in all relationships. Relationship behaviour that is abusive is never OK and may be domestic and family violence or sexual violence. If you are worried about unhealthy, abusive or violent behaviour in any of your relationships, you can contact 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or follow this link to online chat.
As parents and carers you know your child better than anyone and have the best opportunity to support and guide them to have safer online experiences.
The eSafety Guide for Parents covers some of the key online safety issues for young people and includes a range of practical tips and advice on what to do if things go wrong. Topics include: cyberbullying, online pornography, sending or receiving inappropriate messages online (sexting), time spent online, online gaming, unwanted contact and grooming and how to report abuse.
There is also a specific guide for younger children - Online safety for under 5's
At Wyndham Park Primary School, we understand that every family is unique. As such, home environments will also vary. The WPPS Home Matrix provides students and parents with guidelines for behaviours at home, that align with our school values of Respectful, Safe and Responsible.
If you are interested in more information on a range of health and safety topics, visit Better Health Channel
The home is the most common location for childhood injury to occur. There can be many hazards in the home which can lead to injuries from falls, drowning, burns & scalds, choking & suffocation, electrocution, toys, dog bites and more.
Follow these links to KidSafe Victoria’s Safe Home Checklist and Parent’s Guide to KidSafe Homes.
Safe on the Streets is a Road Safety resource. Designed in the UK, it is still relevant to Australian users and contains excellent information about how to be safe when travelling in a car, active travel or on the road. Safe on the Streets - Interactive website
Is your child travelling safely? FREE car seat fitting and safety checks