ROBINVALE DISTRICT HEALTH SERVICES CHILD SAFETY COMMITMENT (BETRAYAL OF TRUST REPORT)
In response to the Betrayal of Trust report, the Victorian Government has strengthened laws to protect our children from sexual abuse and exposure to sexual offenders.
This is in recognition of the shared community responsibility to protect children from abuse and to provide a safe environment for children to develop, learn and play.
OBJECTIVE & SCOPE
Victorian law “failure to protect – children from sexual abuse” is applicable to all Victorians who form a reasonable belief that a sexual offence has been committed by an adult against a child less than 16 years. Failure to disclose the information to police is also a criminal offence.
People in authority in our organisation will commit an offence if they know of a substantial risk of child sexual abuse and have the power or responsibility to reduce or remove the risk, but negligently fail to do so.
Any personnel who are mandatory reporters must comply with their duties.
STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT TO CHILD SAFETY
Robinvale District Health Services:
- Has zero tolerance for child abuse
- Actively works to listen to and empower children
- Has systems to protect children from abuse, and will take all allegations and concerns very seriously and respond to them consistently in line with the organisation’s policies and procedures
- Is committed to promoting cultural safety for Aboriginal children and for children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.
- We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow rigorously.
- We will ensure our child safe commitment is promoted throughout the organisation via education and induction programs.