Child Protection Policy

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Introduction

Children First Foundation (“Children First”) is committed to promoting and protecting the interests and safety of children. We have zero tolerance for child abuse.

Everyone working at Children First is responsible for the care and protection of children and reporting information about child abuse.

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is:

  1. To prevent child abuse within Children First.
  2. To facilitate the prevention of child abuse occurring within Children First.
  3. To work towards an organisational culture of child safety.
  4. To provide a clear statement to staff/volunteers/contractors forbidding any such abuse.
  5. To ensure that all parties are aware of their responsibilities for identifying possible occasions for child abuse and for establishing controls and procedures for preventing such abuse and/or detecting such abuse when it occurs.
  6. To provide guidance to staff/volunteers/contractors as to action that should be taken where they suspect any abuse within or outside of the organisation.
  7. To provide assurance that any and all suspected abuse will be reported and fully investigated.

Policy

Children First is committed to promoting and protecting at all times the best interests of children involved in its programs.

All children, regardless of their gender, race, religious beliefs, age, disability, sexual orientation, or family or social background, have equal rights to protection from abuse.

Children First has zero tolerance for child abuse. Everyone working at Children First is responsible for the care and protection of the children within our care and reporting information about suspected child abuse.

Child protection is a shared responsibility between Children First, all employees, workers, contractors, associates, and members of the Children First community.

Children First will consider the opinions of children and use their opinions to develop child protection policies.

Children First supports and respects all children, young people, staff and volunteers. Children First is committed to the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children living with a disability.

If any person believes a child is in immediate risk of abuse, telephone 000.