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Danceworks114 – Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy DW114-SCYPP
Danceworks114 is committed to ensuring that the people who care for children and young people in Danceworks114 programs or services act in the best interests of the children and young people in their care and take all reasonable steps to ensure their safety. In particular, we are committed to providing an environment where all children and young people are protected from any form of abuse or mistreatment. Danceworks114 has a duty of care to provide services and places that are safe, open and honest environments that protect children and young people; and where the staff and volunteers who work with children and young people, work within our values of Honesty, Caring, Respect and Responsibility.
2.1 Commitment to Safeguarding Children and Young People
Danceworks114 is committed to the Safeguarding of Children and Young People (SCYP) and shall embed all relevant aspects of this policy and related policies and procedures into all of the organisation’s operations, and ensure compliance with relevant legislation. Danceworks114 empowers and expects all employees, volunteers and contractors to create and maintain a safe culture for children and young people. Danceworks114 is committed to reducing the risks of abuse and harm to children and young people, and will ensure all staff understand and adhere to the SCYP Policy and Procedure and relevant legislation. Unless otherwise outlined in the procedure, this will be achieved by Danceworks 114 Personnel complying with the following:
- avoid being alone with children and young people where can not be viewed through glass doors.
- avoid personal/private direct communications with children or young people.
- avoid using personal camera or video camera equipment in the workplace.
All Danceworks114 Personnel will show extended guardianship to children and young people and take all reasonable steps to protect them from the risks associated with the public nature of Danceworks114 facilities, as guided by the procedure and other resources.
2.2 Recruitment and Pre-Employment Screening
Danceworks114 will provide recruitment and screening practices to support Safeguarding of Children and Young People for all appointments. As such, all recruitment must adhere to:
- Recruitment and Selection Procedure
- Working with Children Check Procedure
2.3 Training and Induction
All Danceworks114 Staff and Volunteers must participate in an induction program, and participate in annual SYCP training/education programs using standardised induction and training resources.
Training will be provided in a variety of platforms, including online learning, internal facilitated sessions by Danceworks114 managers, Information videos and other learning resources. Content will be drawn from subject matter experts and be made accessible for all staff/volunteers to access the information.
2.4 Involving Parents/Guardians, Children and Young People
Danceworks114 is committed to educating children, young people and parents/guardians about self- protection, and the promotion of resilience and empowerment strategies within services and programming. Danceworks114 will ensure parents/guardians, children and young people can access appropriate information, resources and educational initiatives in relation to the safeguarding of children and young people in the community.
2.5 Child Abuse Reporting and Allegations
Danceworks114 personnel must report all suspected child abuse and allegations, as per the reporting guidelines outlined in the procedure and relevant legislation. All reports and allegations will be managed in line with:
- Safeguarding Children and Young People Procedure
- Legislative requirements and mandatory reporting obligations
2.6 Supporting a Child-safe Culture
Danceworks114 is committed to supporting a child-safe culture, and will ensure adequate resources are allocated to enhancing the Danceworks114 approach to safeguarding children and young people. Specific departments and roles will be allocated accountability for ensuring the policy and procedure are
successfully implemented, that Danceworks114 Personnel understand and comply with their responsibilities, and that Danceworks114 has a child-safe culture
Age of Consent
The age of consent for sexual activity is 16 years old.
Concepts to consider when determining if sexual activity between adolescent `peers’ is consensual;
- Equality - are the parties equal or does one party have undue power over the other?
-Consent - has consent been given freely.
-Threats - by one party to harm themselves or others if the other party tries to end the relationship.
Child / Young Person
A child or young person means every human being under eighteen (18) years of age. Refer to relevant state legislation for the legal definition of a child in Australian States and Territories.
Child-related work has a specific definition in the WWC legislation. “Work” is child- related if the usual duties of the work involve, or are likely to involve contact with a child in connection with at least one of the 19 categories of child-related work. For the purposes of the WWC legislation volunteers under 18 years of age are exempt from the legislation and not in child-related work.
Abuse is an act by a parent, caregiver, other adult or older adolescent that endangers a child or young person’s physical or emotional health or development. Abuse can be a single incident, but usually takes place over time. Abuse can happen in several different ways, and can be physical, emotional and/or sexual. Abuse can also encompass neglect and harassing behaviour, such as bullying. Refer to the definitions of Neglect, Emotional or Psychological abuse, Physical abuse or Sexual abuse in this policy for more information.
Compliance refers to the acceptance and obedience with organisational policies and procedures. Particularly in the context of Safeguarding Children and Young People, compliance refers to the maintenance of all necessary licenses, records and other requirements as per legislation and policy.
Any external agent engaged by Danceworks114 to provide goods or services to the school who are involved in regular direct contact with a child or young person that is not directly supervised. i.e.: workshop guests, birthday host, event Co- ordinator, agency relief staff.
Emotional or Psychological Abuse
Emotional or Psychological abuse occurs when a child does not receive the appropriate love, affection or attention they need for healthy, emotional, psychological and social development. Such abuse may involve repeated threats to a child, constant criticism, teasing, ignoring, threatening, yelling, scapegoating, ridicule and rejections or continual coldness. These behaviours continue to an extent that it results in significant damage to the child’s physical, intellectual or emotional wellbeing and development.
Give or enable the authority or power to do something and take action. Danceworks 114 empowers all employees and volunteers to take action to support the Danceworks 114 commitment to Safeguarding Children and Young People.
Extended guardianship is a term that acknowledges that children and young people rely on all adults to create a safe environment and act in an informed and committed way to protect them. It is expected that all Danceworks114 Personnel act as extended guardians of children and young people who take part in a Danceworks114 service or activity.
Grooming is a term used to describe what happens when a perpetrator of abuse builds a relationship and rapport with a child with a view to abusing them at some stage in the future. Grooming can also be used to describe the process that a perpetrator goes through when building rapport and a relationship with guardians of children, or people with the responsibility for the care of children and young people (including Danceworks114 employees and volunteers). Grooming can occur over any length of time, in a variety of settings where a relationship can be formed, such as leisure facilities, childcare, music, religious and sporting activities, internet chatrooms and social media, or by SMS.
An ‘involved person’ includes all individuals with direct contact with children, including their managers and supervisors and/or individuals involved in dealing with reports or allegations of child abuse or with access to children’s or young people’s records.
Neglect is the persistent failure or deliberate denial to provide someone (usually a child or young person) with the basic necessities of life. Such neglect includes failure to provide adequate food, clothing, shelter, supervision, water, medical attention or supervision for the appropriate physical or psychological development.
Physical abuse occurs when a person subjects another to non—accidental acts of physical aggression. The abuse may inflict injury intentionally or inadvertently as a result of physical punishment or aggressive treatment. Physically abusive behaviour includes (but is not limited to) shoving, hitting, slapping, shaking, throwing, punching, biting, burning and kicking. It also includes the provision of harmful substances such as drugs, alcohol or poison.
Regular and Direct Contact with Children
Contact that is not incidental, but normally part of providing a service or activity for children and young people, that involves physical contact, face to face communication or contact within eyeshot when providing services or activities for children.
That which a rational person having regard for all circumstances would consider appropriate.
The ongoing and genuine provision of organisational beliefs and processes that support Danceworks114 as a workplace and community facility where all people are able to engage freely without the threat or potential threat of physical or psychological harm.
Sexual abuse occurs when someone uses their position of physical or structural power to engage in sexual activity with another person, illegally and/ or without their consent.
This policy applies to all employees, volunteers and relevant contractors of Danceworks114 and Dance Enterprises Pty Ltd. For the purpose of this document, we refer to these companies and entities as the Danceworks114.
5. ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
-Ensure adequate resources are allocated to allow effective implementation " Ensure management understand their obligations in accordance with the SCYP policy and procedure.
- Plan organisational resources and requirements for policy and procedure implementation
- Ensure reporting is completed
- Ensure all Danceworks 114 Personnel have received relevant SCYP induction and training and that the workplace culture supports a transparent, continually improving environment in which all Danceworks 114 Personnel show extended guardianship to children and young people.
-Ensure all Danceworks 114 Personnel understand and can access the Policy and Procedure, and other related Policies andProcedures, and comply with them at all times.
-Ensure employees and volunteers have access to advice and support to implement Danceworks 114’s SCYP requirements, including incident management and reporting.
People and Culture
- Review policy and procedures in consultation with relevant stakeholders " Ensure any significant changes to relevant legislation and/or licencing regulations are adhered to.
- Support the coordination of the SCYP framework and implementation
Staff and Volunteers (including ‘Involved Personnel’)
- Take all reasonable steps to protect and safeguard children and young people from any form of child abuse
- Participate in approved training and education programs
- Review, understand and adhere to the SCYP Policy and Procedure
- Undertake annual SCYP Policy and Procedure review, and sign the SCYP Commitment Statement
- Participate in required Incident Reporting and Investigation Protocol
- Immediately report any suspected child abuse to external authorities and Danceworks114 Management, as per the reporting obligations within this procedure
- Obtain and maintain a valid WWCC, as required in the Working with Children Check procedure.
- Comply with all other procedures relating to children’s safety.
Contractors /other involved persons
- Demonstrate satisfactory completion of appropriate child protection training and education programs
- Work within the provisions of these procedures
- Participate in required Incident Reporting and Investigation Protocol
Note: This procedure applies to contractors/consultants who will have or are likely to have direct contact with children and young people, or that are unsupervised and in the presence of children or young people, pending a risk assessment.
6. MONITORING, EVALUATION AND REVIEW
The Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy will be reviewed every three (3) years in consultation with the Australian Childhood Foundation.
7. SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
- Working with Children Act 2005
- Children, Youth and Families Act 2005
- Sex Offenders Registration Act 2004
- Commission for Children and Young People Act 2012 " Recruitment and Selection Procedure
- United Nation Convention on the rights of the child
- Victorian Crimes Act 1958