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Our commitment

All children and young people have a right to feel safe, and to be safe at all times. Mission Australia will not tolerate any abuse or neglect of children or young people involved with our services.

We are committed to creating environments which are child safe and child friendly in line with our Founding Purpose and Values. We take a preventative and proactive approach to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, that everyone understands and where everyone feels confident to have a say and raise any concerns.

We respect and value the rights of all children and young people, and support them to reach their full potential. We recognise that particular consideration needs to be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people. We also acknowledge the particular needs of children and young people arising from their cultural and linguistic background, sexuality, gender diversity, disability, or as a result of domestic and family violence or other trauma.

Safeguarding children and young people is the responsibility of all Mission Australia people, including the Board, Executive, leaders, staff, contractors, students and volunteers across the whole organisation.

Mission Australia will:

  1. Drive a culture of child safety at all levels of the organisation.
  2. Take all allegations or disclosures of abuse or neglect seriously, respond appropriately, report concerns to the relevant authorities, and uphold our values of Compassion and Integrity at all times. The safety of the child/young person will be our primary consideration and no Mission Australia person will obstruct any investigation or collude to protect any person or organisation.
  3. Empower children, young people, families and communities to participate in decisions which affect their lives
  4. Value diversity and promote inclusive practices
  5. Employ and engage only people who are suitable to work with children and young people and provide high quality supervision and support
  6. Ensure children and young people who feel unsafe, or wish to raise a concern know who to talk with and feel comfortable to do so
  7. Ensure staff are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children safe
  8. Maintain the safety, suitability and security of our physical and online environments which children and young people access
  9. Embed Child Safe principles within our quality assurance practices
  10. Undertake regular review of policy and procedures that document how our organisation is child safe

The above responsibilities are detailed within our Code of Conduct, organisational policies and procedures and our Reconciliation Action Plan

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