Child Safe Statement of Commitment
The School of Historical Fencing is committed to being a child-safe organisation, with no tolerance for child abuse. We are working towards compliance with the Victorian Child Safe Standards.
We all play an important role in protecting children, especially if we have concerns for a child’s safety. Here, we aim to create a culture of child safety that reduces the opportunity for harm and have a clear process to follow if someone raises concerns about child safety or reports abuse.
Our Child Safe Statement of Commitment applies to all teachers, School of Historical Fencing volunteers, relevant contractors and representatives
Reducing the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
The School of Historical Fencing will ensure that all representatives teaching children’s classes will have Working With Children’s Checks, and have read and understood both the Child Safety Code of Conduct and the School of Historical Fencing Code of Conduct.
The School of Historical Fencing will ensure that all representatives teaching adult classes will have have read and understood both the Child Safety Code of Conduct and the School of Historical Fencing Code of Conduct.
All representatives of the School of Historical fencing will be:
- Instructed to report all allegations of child abuse to DHHS, or call police if the risk is immediate.
- Reminded that it is not the representative’s role to investigate if the allegation is founded or not, but simply to report it to the Police of DHHS as appropriate
- Encouraged to approach School leadership (Gindi Wauchope) if they have concerns about child safety at the School of Historical Fencing. The School of Historical Fencing takes child safety seriously, and welcomes feedback.
Child Safety Code of Conduct (for SHF instructors and representatives with regard to children)
All personnel in contact with children through the School of Historical Fencing are responsible for supporting the safety, participation, wellbeing and empowerment of children by:
- Upholding the School of Historical Fencing’s statement of commitment to child safety at all times
- taking all reasonable steps to protect children from abuse
- treating everyone with respect
- listening and responding to the views and concerns of children, particularly if they are telling you that they or another child has been abused and/or are worried about their safety or the safety of another
- promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal children (for example, by never questioning an Aboriginal child’s self-identification)
- promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of children with culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds (for example, by having no tolerance of discrimination)
- promoting the safety, participation and empowerment of children with a disability (for example, modifying activities to ensure all can participate)
- ensuring as far as practicable that adults are not left alone with a child
- reporting any allegations of child abuse to the police (if at immediate risk) or child protection (in all non-immediate situations)
- reporting any child safety concerns to the owner, Gindi Wauchope
- if an allegation of child abuse is made, ensure as quickly as possible that the child(ren) are safe
- encouraging children to ‘have a say’ and participate in all relevant organisational activities where possible, especially on issues that are important to them.
Staff and volunteers must not:
- develop any ‘special’ relationships with children that could be seen as favouritism (for example, the offering of gifts or special treatment for specific children)
- exhibit behaviours with children which may be construed as unnecessarily physical (for example inappropriate touching. Touching could be appropriate sometimes, for example during class wrestling activities)
- put children at risk of abuse
- do things of a personal nature that a child can do for themselves, such as toileting or changing clothes
- engage in open discussions of a mature or adult nature in the presence of children (for example, personal social activities)
- express personal views on cultures, race or sexuality in the presence of children
- discriminate against any child, including because of culture, race, ethnicity or disability
- have contact with a child or their family outside of our organisation without the owner’s knowledge and/or consent (for example, no babysitting). Accidental contact, such as seeing people in the street, is appropriate)
- have any online contact with a child or their family (unless necessary, for example providing families with updates and newsletters)
- ignore or disregard any suspected or disclosed child abuse.
By observing these standards you acknowledge your responsibility to immediately report any breach of this code to the School of Historical Fencing’s owner, Gindi Wauchope.
If you believe a child is at immediate risk of abuse phone 000.