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We are currently needing to review our Personnel Policy to include an Equal Employment Opportunities section (EEO) and our Child Protection policy (they are both below for you to read. These will close at 3pm Monday 20 May.

Please only complete one review form per policy.

Policy Review Form

Equal Employment Opportunities

The Equal Employment Opportunities policy ensures that all employees and applicants for employment are treated according to their skills, qualifications, abilities, and aptitudes, without bias or discrimination. All schools are required by the State Sector Act to be “good employers”, that is:

  • to maintain, and comply with their school's Equal Employment Opportunities policy, and

  • to include in the annual report a summary of the year’s compliance.

To achieve this, the board:

  • appoints the principal to be the EEO officer

  • shows commitment to equal opportunities in all aspects of employment including recruitment, training, promotion, and conditions of service

  • recognises the value of attracting people from all possible sources of talent

  • selects the person most suited to the position in terms of skills, experience, qualifications, and aptitude

  • recognises the value of diversity in staffing (for example, ethnicity, age, gender, disability, hours of work, etc.) and the employment requirements of diverse individuals/groups

  • ensures that employment and personnel practices are fair and free of any bias.

Legislation

  • State Sector Act 1988

  • Human Rights Act 1993


11. Child Protection Policy

This policy outlines the board’s commitment to child protection and recognises the important role and responsibility of all our staff in the protection of children. It includes the board’s expectations when child abuse is reported or suspected by us.


All staff members (including contractors and volunteers) are expected to be familiar with this policy, its associated procedures and protocols and abide by them.


The board of trustees has an obligation to ensure the wellbeing of children in our care so they thrive, belong and achieve. We are committed to the prevention of child abuse and neglect and to the protection of all children. The safety and wellbeing of the child is our top priority. Advice will be sought through appropriate agencies in all cases of suspected or alleged abuse.


In line with section 15 of the Children, Young Person and Their Families Act, any person in our school/kura who believes that any child or young person has been, or is likely to be, harmed (whether physically, emotionally, or sexually) ill-treated, abused, neglected, or deprived must follow school procedures and may also report the matter to a social worker or the local police.


Although ultimate accountability sits with the board, the board delegates responsibility to the principal to ensure that all child safety procedures are implemented and available to all staff, contractors, volunteers and parents. Therefore, the principal must:

  1. Develop appropriate procedures to meet child safety requirements as required and appropriate to the school

  2. Comply with relevant legislative requirements and responsibilities

  3. Make this policy available on the school’s internet site or available on request

  4. Ensure that every contract, or funding arrangement, that the school enters into requires the adoption of child protection policies where required

  5. Ensure the interests and protection of the child are paramount in all circumstances

  6. Recognise the rights of family/whanau to participate in the decision-making about their children

  7. Ensure that all staff are able to identify the signs and symptoms of potential abuse and neglect, deal with disclosures by children and allegations against staff members and are able to take appropriate action in response

  8. Support all staff to work in accordance with this policy, to work with partner agencies and organisations to ensure child protection policies are understood and implemented

  9. Promote a culture where staff feel confident they can constructively challenge poor practice or raise issues of concern without fear of reprisal

  10. Consult, discuss and share relevant information, in line with our commitment to confidentiality and information sharing protocols, in a timely way regarding any concerns about an individual child with the board or designated person

  11. Seek advice as necessary from NZSTA advisors on employment matters and other relevant agencies where child safety issues arise

  12. Make available professional development, resources and/or advice to ensure all staff can carry out their roles in terms of this policy

  13. Ensure that this policy forms part of the initial staff induction programme for each staff member

Review schedule: 2016 next review 2019


Related documentation and information