At Gateway Community Care we take the responsibility of caring for children very seriously. All of our team members are child safe trained and have their working with vulnerable people checks. More of our safety information is below.
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Providing a safe environment for children and young people is the priority of all Gateway Community Care children's and youth programs. Our code of conduct seeks to:
prevent situations occurring where a child or young person could be unsafe, as well as
ensure that the staff and volunteers who work with children and young people have undergone a strict screening and recruitment and process behaving in a safe and accountable manner.
All team leaders are trained in child safety standards with the ChildSafe organisation
The code of conduct ensures there is accountability in our behaviour around children and young people and sets a standard for what is appropriate.
Staff and volunteers are never alone with a child or young person and staying in safe, open environments provides for accountability within teams and ensures that interactions are safe and positive.
Leaders will exercise safe, appropriate and child-initiated contact with children and young people
Communication and Media
Those serving with children and young people should communicate with them in an open way and with parent’s knowledge or involvement. This ensures communication stays within appropriate boundaries.
Parent or carers will be communicated in regards to any situation where there may be harm or concern for the well-being of children or young people.
Children and young people's right to privacy will be protected, particularly when dealing with their personal information and when responding to pastoral situations or disclosures of harm.
- Photos or video of children and young people may be taken during Gateway Programs for the purpose of promotions and marketing. Parents are asked to give permission for their child’s photo to be taken.
RESPONDING TO CONCERNS OR DISCLOSURES OF HARM
Gateway Community Care is committed to a caring, timely and appropriate response, should any suspicion, allegation, disclosure or complaint of misconduct or abuse occur. Concerns or disclosures of harm must be responded to the Safe Church Team, who will ensure reports are made to relevant authorities in a consistent and thorough manner.
If you as a parent or carer have any concerns or observe any inappropriate conduct, please let us know by contacting the Safe Church Team Leader on 0408 850 030