Our commitment to child safety

Keeping children and young people safe

Baptcare is a child safe organisation. We take action to promote child wellbeing and prevent harm to children and young people.

We ensure our staff and volunteers are responsible for child safety across all areas of our work. We are an inclusive service that welcomes diversity and promotes cultural safety. Baptcare respects people of different cultures, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, different genders, sexual identities as well as beliefs, ages and abilities.

If anyone is concerned about a child or young person’s immediate safety they should contact 000.

If someone is concerned about the safety of children or young people in our programs, they can contact our Child Safety Officer:
Tom Mason, childsafety@baptcare.org.au, 03 9831 7240

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Training our staff, our child safety champions
Our work focuses on empowering and keeping children and young people safe. All Baptcare staff are required to complete child safety training and comply with our Code of Conduct. Baptcare is committed to the safety, participation, and empowerment of all children.
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Information for children and young people
A Child Safety Officer and associated working group has been established to oversee our child safe strategies. Posters have been developed to help children and young people understand their rights and what to do if they feel unsafe.
Child Safety posters

Statement of Commitment: We are a child safe organisation.

All children and young people have the right to be free from abuse and neglect and to grow and develop in environments where they are safe from harm. The best interests of a child or young person are the primary consideration for all people who care for them and make decisions on their behalf. Baptcare is committed to the safety, participation, and empowerment of all children. We have zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently with our robust policies and procedures.  Baptcare has a legal and moral obligation to act in relation to the abuse of children. We will ensure that the appropriate authorities are informed when child abuse concerns are identified. Baptcare’s policies and procedures are required to be followed by all staff and volunteers.

Baptcare is committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early and removing and reducing these risks. We do this through training and educating our staff, carers and volunteers on child abuse risks.

Baptcare is committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds. Baptcare is committed to providing a safe environment for children regardless of disability, gender, culture, identity, disadvantage, or other circumstances.

Child Safe Policy– plain english

Child Safe Policy (for adults)

* Every child has a right to be safe

* Baptcare is committed to child safety (people 18 years and under)

* We don’t accept any sort of mistreatment to children

* We have systems and processes to keep children safe

* We employ people who are safe to work with children

* Our staff have the skills and knowledge to keep children safe

* We listen to what children tell us and take action

* We support children to enjoy their culture

* Children have the right to be safe online, at home, at school and in the community

* We empower children to be who they want to be

* We have a strong commitment to children’s privacy

* We help all children to speak up if they have concerns

Concerned about a child’s safety and wellbeing?

Report it to your worker or our Child Safety Officer:

Tom Mason – 03 9831 7240

childsafety@baptcare.org.au

Child Safe Policy (for children)

* You have the right to be safe

* Our staff and carers should support and protect you

* People around you should not do anything that scares you or feels wrong

* We listen to what you tell us

* We take action to keep you safe

* We want you to tell us how things could be better

* We support you to enjoy your culture

If you are concerned about child safety or wellbeing, contact one of these organisations in your state.

Tasmania

Strong Families, Safe Kids, Advice and Referral Line 1800 000 123

South Australia

Child Abuse Report Line 13 14 78
or make an online report at www.reportchildabuse.families.sa.gov.au

Victoria

Department of Families, Fairness & Housing https://services.dffh.vic.gov.au/child-protection

After Hours Child Protection Emergency Service 13 12 78

If anyone is concerned about a child or young person’s immediate safety they should contact 000.

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