Child Safety Policy

This policy was written to demonstrate the strong commitment of the management and staff to child safety and to provide an outline of the policies and practices we have developed to keep everyone safe from any harm, including abuse.

Commitment to child safety

All children who come to CPM have a right to feel and be safe. The welfare of the children will always be our first priority and we have a zero tolerance to child abuse. We aim to create a child safe and child friendly environment where children feel safe.

Children’s right to safety and participation

CPM staff encourage children to express their views. We listen to their suggestions especially on matters that directly affect them. We actively encourage all children who use our services to ‘have a say’ about things that are important to them.

We listen to and act on any concerns children, or their parents, raise with us.

Valuing diversity

We value diversity and do not tolerate any discriminatory practices. To achieve this we:

  • Promote the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal children and their families
  • Promote the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and their families
  • Welcome children with a disability and their families and act to promote their participation
  • Seek appropriate staff from diverse cultural backgrounds

Recruiting staff and volunteers

CPM seeks to attract and retain the best staff. We provide support and supervision so people feel valued, respected and fairly treated. We have developed a Code of Conduct to provide guidance to our staff.

Reporting a child safety concern of complaint

Catherine Poulton has been appointed as Child Safety Person with specific responsibility for responding to any complaints made by staff, parents or children.

Risk Management

We recognise the importance of risk management approach to minimising the potential for child abuse or harm to occur and use this information in our policy, procedures and activity planning. In addition to general occupational health and safety risks, we proactively manage risks of abuse to our children.