Anglicare Sydney is committed to creating an environment where the safety, wellbeing, and participation of all children and young people is paramount. Consideration is especially given to vulnerable children; children with a disability; children from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds; and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Anglicare has zero tolerance of child abuse. We treat all allegations and safety concerns seriously. We have a moral and legal obligation to contact authorities when concerned about a child’s safety.
Anglicare demonstrates a commitment to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people by:
- considering the views of children and young people regarding decisions that affect their lives
- empowering children and young people by taking their views seriously, and addressing any concerns they may have
- acknowledging the cultural diversity of families, and being sensitive to how this may impact on child safety
- taking proactive steps to prevent child abuse - identifying, reducing or removing risks early
- reporting suspected abuse, neglect or mistreatment promptly to the appropriate authorities
- embedding Child Safe principles within our quality assurance practices.
- continuously reviewing and improving systems and practices to protect children and young people from abuse
- providing children and young people with the knowledge and skills to understand and maintain their own personal safety as appropriate or as required.
Anglicare supports staff and volunteers by:
- applying robust human resources and recruitment practices for all staff, volunteers and contractors
- providing training and education on child abuse risks
- implementing specific policies, procedures, training, and Code of Conduct to support the achievement of child safety
- listening to concerns raised about children’s safety and suggestions to improve existing child safety processes
- ensuring that every person working with Anglicare Sydney understands that the safety of children and young people is key to their decisions and activities.