“bestchance is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children. We support children’s right to safety and will act without hesitation.”
bestchance confirms our commitment that all bestchance employees, volunteers, Family Day Care educators and contractors will ensure a safe environment for all children:
- bestchance is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children
- bestchance has a zero tolerance policy regarding child abuse
- bestchance will act without hesitations to ensure a child-safe environment is maintained
bestchance is committed to the protection of children from harm, abuse and exploitation. bestchance has a legal, moral and ethical duty of care, to ensure the safety and security of all children who participate in our programs.
bestchance takes its duty of care seriously, aiming to provide the safety possible programs and environments for children. This is achieved by identifying and responding to any risks that may lead to harm, as they arise. We strive for best practice in relation to our work with children and families. All reasonable steps are taken by the Approved Providers, educators, staff and volunteers to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of children.
Any employee, volunteer Family Day Care Educator and contractor concerned about a child being abused must first, report these concerns to their up line manager or Child Safety Delegate. The Department of Health and Human Services must then be advised, through the up line manager of Child Safety Delegate.
It is mandatory for any person registered as a teacher or an early childhood teacher under the Education and Training Reform Act, to report physical and/or sexual abuse against children. Any adult is mandated to report sexual offences against a child under the age of 16.
New criminal offences to improve responses to child sexual abuse
Three new criminal offences have been introduced, to improve responses within organisations and the community to child sexual abuse.
The offences form part of the Victorian Government’s response to the recommendations of Betrayal of Trust, the report of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and other Non-Government Organisations.
‘Failure to disclose’ offence
A new offence came into effect on 27 October 2014 for adults who fail to disclose child sexual abuse to police. The new offence applies to all adults, not just professionals who work with children.
Any adult who holds a reasonable belief that a sexual offence has been committed by an adult against a child in Victoria, must report that belief to police, unless they have a reasonable excuse for not reporting.
For information about how the offence may affect the reporting obligations of funded organisations and Department of Health & Human Services staff, a fact sheet is available to download from this page.
‘Failure to protect’ offence
A new ‘failure to protect’ offence came into effect on 1 July 2015 that applies to people within organisations who knew of a risk of child sexual abuse by someone in the organisation and had the authority to reduce or remove the risk, but negligently failed to do so.
A grooming offence is now in effect to target individuals who communicate with a child or their parents with the intent of committing child sexual abuse.