ac.care Statement of Commitment: Child Safe Organisation
ac.care is committed to being a Child Safe Organisation.
ac.care acknowledges and recognises the findings and recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. We will actively (rigorously) work to ensure that our services to children and young people are designed, delivered and evaluated to build and strengthen organisational capacity to keep children and young people safe.
As a Child Safe Organisation ac.care is committed to providing an environment of safety and support for children and young people across all programs. Specifically, for many of our children and young people in care we know that they have experienced abuse, neglect or trauma during their childhood.
Central to the work and services of ac.care, is a commitment to provide our children and young people with a safe, stable and nurturing place that supports their healing and growth. We recognise, value and respect the rights of all children and young people and actively seek and listen to their voices.
It is paramount that all Board Directors, staff, carers and volunteers across the organisation actively engage in the protection and safety of children and young people. Every person involved in ac.care has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role they play individually and collectively, to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.
We uphold the human rights of children and young people embracing their diversity in culture, gender, sexuality and abilities, ensuring that they are heard, respected and included. We recognise that there are children and young people who may be particularly vulnerable and particular attention will be paid to their safety. This includes (but is not limited to) the safety of children and young people with a disability, those who identify across diverse sexualities and gender, the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and young people and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
As a child safe organisation ac.care:
• Has clear policies and procedures in place that support and define our commitment as a Child Safe Organisation
• Actively seeks the voice of children and young people
• Takes immediate action to assess and manage risk of abuse to children and young people
• Strives to establish and maintain safe and inclusive environments, where children and young people are listened to and their concerns and worries acted upon
• Is committed to embedding the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations across the organisation.
ac.care considers the safety and wellbeing of children and young people as our core business and this is paramount in our policies, procedures and decision making.
Download the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations poster and explainer below