Statement Of Commitment To Child Safety
All children have the right to be safe!
As a Child Safe Organisation, SMCP is committed to the safety, wellbeing and empowerment of all children and young people. We have zero tolerance of child abuse. We will treat seriously all allegations and safety concerns, in line with our robust policies and procedures around Child Protection and Child Safe Environments. We stand by our mandatory reporting responsibilities as we act to protect children from harm and are guided by the Child Safe Standards in our work to be leaders in child safety. We will ensure that child safety and wellbeing is embedded in our organisational culture, reflected in our policies and procedures, and understood and practiced in our daily pedagogy. We are committed to ensuring the capacity of our sector to do the same.
We will be responsive to the needs of all children and young people, including the cultural safety and needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, children with disability and LGBTQIA+ children.
We will ensure that all educators have access to ongoing training that will equip them with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children safe. Our recruitment processes will reinforce our commitment to child safety as we seek to employ educators whose values align with that of our service.
We will ensure children's voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives and that they are empowered to use their voices to advocate for their own, and others safety. We will provide safe physical and online environments for children which will allow them to play, learn and thrive. We will inform and involve our families and communities in our approach to child safety and wellbeing, with children at the heart of everything that we do.
Together, we can ensure all children grow up safe, strong and smart.