Child Safety

Strategies to embed a culture of child safety  – at PVIMS we:

 

  • take a preventative, proactive and participatory approach to child safety
  • implement child safety policies and procedures which support ongoing assessment and amelioration of risk
  • value and empower children to participate in decisions which affect their lives
  • foster a culture of openness that supports all persons to safely disclose risks of harm to children
  • respect diversity in cultures and child rearing practices while keeping child safety paramount
  • provide written guidance on appropriate conduct and behaviour towards children
  • engage only the most suitable people to work with children and have high quality staff and volunteer supervision and professional development
  • ensure children know who to talk with if they are worried or are feeling unsafe, and that they are comfortable and encouraged to raise such issues
  • report suspected abuse, neglect or mistreatment promptly to the appropriate authorities
  • share information appropriately and lawfully with other organisations where the safety and wellbeing of children is at risk
  • value the input of and communicate regularly with families and carers