Carers Victoria is committed to promoting and protecting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, by providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives.
Our primary contact with children is through our work with young carers. Carer Services considers young people to be young carers up to the age of 25; however only those aged under 18 are in scope for the purposes of this Child Safety statement. Subcontracted services funded by Carers Victoria are also contractually obligated to adhere to child safe standards. There is other incidental contact, and generally in the context of children being present while their parent/guardian accesses Carers Victoria services, education or events.
We have a zero tolerance for child abuse in any form and have systems to protect children from abuse. We take all allegations very seriously and will respond to them consistently in line with the organisation’s policies and procedures, report all instances of suspected child abuse and contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety.
We value and support diversity, inclusion and equality and are committed to promoting cultural safety of Aboriginal children, cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, LGBTIQA+ children and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.
Every person working or involved with Carers Victoria has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role they play, individually and collectively, to ensure the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people. Our Child Safe Policy aligns with the Victorian Commission for Children and Young People Child Safe Standards.