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Blackburn Preschool is committed to the rights of all children to feel safe, and be safe, at all times. The teaching staff and preschool community values, respects and cares for children and takes all reasonable steps to ensure the health, safety and well-being of children, whilst also promoting their learning and development. We involve children in discussions about child safety and incorporate their views about how to provide a safe environment. This fosters opportunities for each child to participate, express their views and to learn and develop.

Blackburn Preschool values diversity and protects the rights of vulnerable children. We actively promote the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and we promote the safety of children with a disability.

The preschool always acts in the best interests of each child and has zero tolerance of child abuse. We actively manage the risks of abuse or harm to each child, including fulfilling our duty of care and legal obligations to protect children and prevent any reasonable, foreseeable risk of injury or harm. The Preschool continuously improves the way our service identifies risks of and responds to child abuse and encourages reporting and improved responses to allegations of abuse.

We adhere to, and regularly review our policies in the broad area of Child Safety. These include (but are not limited to) policies on: Child Safe Environment, Code of Conduct, Delivery and Collection of Children, Emergency and Evacuation, Incident Injury Trauma and Illness, Interactions with children, Inclusion and Equity, Participation of Volunteers, Staffing Policy and Students and Supervision of Children. All policies are available to view in the BPS Families section of this website and are also available in the Policy Folder in the preschool. We warmly welcome any comments or feedback on our policies from our attending families and wider preschool community. Please see the teaching staff or members of the Committee of Management to discuss any issues or concerns.

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