Our Commitment to Child Safety

Child Safe Policy

Child Safe Statement of Commitment

The Hills Food Frontier (THFF) runs events including workshops and working bees that are inclusive of all, including children.

We want children to feel safe, happy and empowered.

We have a zero tolerance for child abuse; all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously with the appropriate authorities notified and legislation followed.

Any one with any concerns regarding child safety in THFF environments can contact our Child Safety Officer Daniyela@thehillsfoodfrontier.org.au or 0418 381 542.  Should you wish to speak with someone other than the CSO please conatact either Shakti@thehillsfoodfrontier.org.au or Roslyn@thehillsfoodfrontier.org.au

All committee members have a police check and a Working with Children Check.

Consultants working with THFF are required to:

  • have a valid Working With Children’s Check for any project involving children
  • undergo reference checks prior to commencement

Our commitment to children

We are committed to ensuring children feel safe, empowered and are taken seriously if they raise concerns in relation to their safety and well-being.

We value and support diversity, inclusion and equality. We are committed to promoting cultural safety for Aboriginal children, cultural safety for children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.

Our commitment to volunteers

We are committed to ensuring our volunteers, depending on the nature of their role understand that child safety is everyone’s responsibility.

We will ensure volunteers are provided with the necessary support to fulfil their obligations in relation to child safety.

We will ensure volunteers are educated in child safety including abuse risks and how to interact and behave with children.

All volunteers and independent consultants must abide by our Code of Conduct which specifies the standard of conduct required when working with children.

Expectations in relation to behaviour are outlined in our Code of Conduct outlined in our Policy and Procedure manual.

Our commitment to ensuring a child safe organisation

Recruitment

We will ensure all committee members, volunteers and consultants who work with children have a current Working With Children Check (WWCC) and that there is an appropriate screening process for volunteers and consultants that work with children including interview guides, advertisements and selection criteria which clearly demonstrate our commitment to child safety.

Training and Supervision

We will ensure all new and existing volunteers and consultants understand the importance of protecting children from harm. This will be supported through induction, training and professional development.

We will ensure volunteers and consultants understand the process for reporting any child safety issues and are supported by THFF’s Child Safety Officer.

Reporting

All allegations and concerns in relation to children’s safety will be taken seriously and will be investigated fairly and appropriately and where required reported to the correct authorities.

We support and encourage our volunteers and consultants to proactively report any behaviour deemed to be endangering the safety of children.

We have a designated Child Safety Officer, who is available to support volunteers with any child safety concerns and to safely disclose risks of harm to children.

Reportable incidents and complaints are notified to the relevant authority (Child First, Child Protection or the police).

Scope

This Statement of Commitment applies to all volunteers, including committee members, and consultants irrespective of their specific involvement in child related duties.

Review

This statement will be reviewed every two years, and following any changes to legislation or policy.