FURTHER HOPE's CHILD PROTECTION POLICY

creates Further Hope a child safe organisation

Our Child Protection Policy

This policy applies to all staff, including senior managers and the directors of the company, paid staff, volunteers and, partners organisations, students or anyone working on behalf of Further Hope.

The purpose of this policy:

  • to protect children and young people who receive Further Hope’s services. This includes the children of adults who use our services;
  • to provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection;

Further Hope believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to practice in a way that protects them.

Each individual and organisation working in the name of Further Hope, is held accountable for good practice while working either ‘directly’ or ‘indirectly’ with children.

Each will be informed of the policy and asked to sign a ‘Statement of Commitment’ to the principles contained in this policy.

If the type of work carried out involves direct contact with children, the following standards shall apply:

Each consultant will be:

  • Expected to sign the appropriate Statement of Commitment to Further Hope’s Child Protection Policy as a condition of the contract
  • Required to obtain a working with children check-blue card, if work is based in Australia;
  • Expected to sign a personal declaration stating any criminal convictions, including those considered ‘spent’, and declaring any previous investigations or allegations made against them with respect to child protection issues; if work is based outside Australia.
  • Expected to provide 2 contacts for referees that can be verified by telephone

If the type of work carried out involves indirect contact with children and/or information regarding children, the following standards shall apply: 

Each consultant will be:

  • Expected to sign the appropriate Statement of Commitment to Further Hope’s Child Protection Policy as a condition of the contract.
  • Expected to sign a personal declaration stating any criminal convictions, including those considered ‘spent’, and declaring any previous investigations or allegations made against them with respect to child protection issues;
  • Expected to provide 2 contacts for referees that can be verified by telephone

Legal framework

This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children, namely:

  • Child Protection Act 1999 (Qld)
  • United Nations’ Convention of the Rights of the Child 1991

We recognise  that:

  • the welfare of the child is paramount, as enshrined in the Child Protection Act 1999
  • all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have a right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse
  • some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their level of dependency, communication needs or other issues
  • working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:

  • valuing them, listening to and respecting them
  • adopting child protection practices through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and volunteers
  • developing and implementing an effective e-safety policy and related procedures
  • providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and training
  • recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made
  • sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and volunteers
  • sharing concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children appropriately.

Reporting Suspected Abuse 

  • Concerned about this policy?
  • Concerned about suspected, witnessed, reported or potential child abuse in either Australia or overseas?
  • Discuss your concerns with the designated person/main contact in your organisation?

Contact us at policies@furtherhope.org.au

 

Statement of Commitment

To Further Hope’s Child Protection Policy

 Further Hope – staff, consultants, interns and volunteers, donors, project visitors, journalist, etc.

I, ________________ ,(Full name)  have read and understood the standards and guidelines outlined in this Child Protection Policy. I agree with the principles contained therein and accept the importance of implementing child protection policies and practice while working with Further Hope.

——————————————– (Print name)

——————————————– ( Job title,/role)

——————————————– ( Signature)

Date:——-/——–/———

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