Student Safety

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Student safety

The Gordon is centred on the student experience. The student experience can only thrive if the environment in which it exists is safe and inclusive for all students. We are committed to having the policies, practice and culture in place to achieve this.

Our commitment to student safety

The Gordon is committed to complying with the Victorian Child Safe Standards.

The Gordon has a zero tolerance approach to any form of abuse and will do all that is possible within its powers to prevent or minimise the opportunity of a young person under its care being abused or facing/suffering further harm.

We recognise that our students come from diverse backgrounds, cultures and abilities. We understand you may require a tailored and sensitive approach to meet your safety and wellbeing needs.

Read our full Student Safety Policy.
Find out more about the Child Safe Standards. 

Our expectations

Staff

Gordon staff are expected to behave in a way that prioritises the safety and wellbeing of students and participants and contribute to a safe and inclusive environment free from discrimination, harassment, physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect.

All employees will apply professional boundaries to any relationship with our students, use these to guide their behaviour and not act outside of the confines of their role. Professional boundaries include, but are not limited to:

  • avoiding contact outside of learning hours
  • limiting all contact to matters relevant to the learning environment
  • avoiding sharing personal information
  • always maintaining a professional manner when engaging with students and participants
  • reminding students and participants of professional boundaries as often as required

Any physical contact with a student or participant must be relevant to the learning environment and with consideration given to the individual needs of the student. Appropriate physical contact must not: 

•    be intended to cause harm (such as physical punishment) 
•    be sexual of nature
•    be overly physical (tickling, sparring or wrestling) 
•    be outside of the confines of the role 

Students

The way you are treated by other students, and the way you treat other students, is an important part of a safe learning environment. The Gordon has established a Student Code of Conduct to foster these goals based on four principals:

  • take responsibility for your learning
  • contribute to a healthy and safe learning environment
  • respect yourself and others
  • show respect for your learning environment

We have zero tolerance of bullying, harassment and intimidation. All complaints of bullying and harassment will be heard in confidence and taken seriously.

Read The Student Code of Conduct.

Online

Your safety matters not just when you are in class, but in every interaction with other students and staff, including online. We have zero tolerance of online bullying, harassment and intimidation of our students.

When students are engaging in online learning, they are expected to behave in the same manner as if they were in class and our Student Code of Conduct applies in these forums. Teachers will monitor student conduct within the online learning environment to ensure the online safety of participants including responding to any misconduct as it arises.

Cyber-bullying can also occur outside of class. Cyber bullying can be verbal (over the telephone or mobile phone), or written (flaming, threats, racial, sexual or homophobic harassment) using the various mediums available, it can be in person or covert, where a person uses an online profile that obscures their identity. 

All complaints on online bullying and harassment will be heard in confidence and taken seriously.

Read more information about cyber safety.
 

What is child abuse

Child abuse or harm is any act committed against a young person which endangers the physical or emotional health and/or development of that person. Child abuse or harm can be a single incident, repeated incidents, or ongoing over time. 

  • child abuse includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional or psychological harm, neglect, and family violence 
  • child abuse can also include grooming. This is behaviour where an adult tries to establish a relationship or other emotional connection with a child, to prepare them for a sexual relationship. 
  • child abuse does not have to involve physical contact or force. It can include: 
    • controlling a child through threats 
    • exposing a child to sexual material and sexual acts 
    • exposing a child to family violence 
    • child abuse can be led by any member of a community or a family member
    • child abuse can impact anyone and it is never the victim’s fault

Read more information about child abuse from the Kids helpline. 

What should you do if you have been abused or feel unsafe?

  • you should talk to an adult you trust 
  • if you have been abused, or feel unsafe or threatened in any way you don’t have to deal with this on your own
  • abuse is never your fault and you should tell a trusted adult so you can get the help and support you need to feel safe and protected
  • talking to someone won’t get you in trouble
  • you can tell a teacher or any Gordon staff member. They will be able to help you get the support you need

Where you can go for support at The Gordon?

As a Gordon student you can also access a wide range of resources and support services at The Gordon. Our support services are free and can help make your life easier! Find out more about our support services:

Our youth programs, including our senior secondary college (VCE / VCAL), have their own youth support worker who you can talk to.

What will happen if you tell an adult at the Gordon that you feel unsafe?

  • you will be helped
  • our staff must listen to your concerns and help you
  • the information will not be shared with the person who is making you feeling unsafe
  • information will only be shared with people who can support and protect you
  • in some cases the people helping you are required by law to tell the police, Child Protection services and/or your family to prevent any further abuse, or risk of abuse

Where you can go for help outside The Gordon?

  • visit eHeadspace (which provides an online and a 9am-1am telephone support service) or 1800 650 850 
  • call KidsHelp Line on 1800 55 1800 or visit for 24 hour support 
  • visit your local police station or call 000
  • talk to your doctor, psychologist, social worker, welfare officer, or another trusted adult
     

What to do

If you have concerns for a child’s safety, you should always report it.

Off campus

Police 000
Child Protection

  • Wyndham – 1300 664 977
  • Geelong – 1800 075 599
  • After hours – Emergency Service 13 12 78                  

On campus

Student counselling – 5225 0963 or counsel@gordontafe.edu.au 
Risk safety and wellness – 5225 0720 or rsw@gordontafe.edu.au 
In writing – via our complaints and concerns process


 

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The Gordon acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the traditional custodians of the land on which we work, study and do business.
The Gordon is an inclusive workplace and welcomes people of any age, culture, religion, gender, sexuality and ability.