Our child safe & child-friendly culture at Focused Education Perth.
Creating and maintaining a ‘child-safe and child-friendly’ organisational culture. That’s one reason why The Department of Child and Family Services choose us for support.
We strongly believe organisations that provide services to children and young people (such as the NDIS services Focused Education provides) should work consciously and continually to improve their capacity to provide a child safe and child-friendly environment.
Our Child Safety Standards at Focused Education.
- We have worked hard to instil our child safety beliefs, policy and taken action to protect children and adults at risk of abuse or neglect.
- Children at Focused Education are treated as individuals with rights.
- High-risk offender-like behaviour is not accepted and is challenged directly and immediately.
- All people connected to Focused Education are empowered and feel confident to raise concerns, including children and young people.
- Environments are monitored to avoid situational risks developing. All our practitioner rooms in which one-on-one therapy occurs have inward facing windows that administration staff continually oversee.
- All Focused Education employees and volunteers are comprehensively trained in aspects of child abuse such as child and adult grooming.
- We focus on being ‘child-friendly’ not just ‘child safe’.
- We work within all National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) guidelines.
Our Child-Friendly Standards at Focused Education.
- We acknowledge and celebrate that children, adolescents and young people have knowledge and experience which is different to that of the adults at Focused Education.
- Young people make a unique contribution to planning, policy development and decision-making on a weekly basis and this is a valuable part of our continuous improvement culture.
- Many of our current services such as our holiday programmes were the idea of kids at Focused Education.
- The interior design and resources of our new clinic at 2/7 Hector Street Osborne Park was completed after consultation with a panel of child and adolescent clients. Being child-friendly is the heart and soul of Focused Education.
- Staff at Focused Education are trained in understanding that a child or young person’s age, their cognitive disability, or their communication disability, do not undermine their right to participation (Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child).
Child Protection Policy in relation to clients with an intellectual, physical or psychosocial disability at Focused Education. We acknowledge that:
‘People with disability are at an increased risk of abuse, harm, exploitation and neglect due to a range of factors, including reliance on others for support, social isolation, fear of retribution, and difficulties with communication. Research suggests that the most vulnerable groups, such as those with intellectual disabilities and women, face greater risks’
Moreover, we passionately believe that children and young people should also be included in this list of the most vulnerable groups.
Safeguarding children and people with disabilities at Focused Education.
To better protect our fantastic clients we have 3 types of safeguards:
1. Formal individual safeguards:
- Practitioners sign after every appointment that they have not witnessed a disclosure.
- All practitioners’ adhere to their individual Code of Conduct.
- Moreover, all staff are explicitly forbidden from work practices that result in a child or adults suffer from neglect, financial or sexual exploitation, harsh or rough treatment, depriving a person of food, sleep or basic needs or bullying.
- In response to a complaint, all staff are to follow our complaints procedure. No staff shall intimidate or enact vengeful behaviour in response to a complaint.
2. Service level safeguards:
- Our Child Protection Policy, Procedures and Documentation meet or surpass National Standards.
- No child is ever left unsupervised with a practitioner or other employee.
- Risks involving services that place children and young people in vulnerable situations with a support worker (involving unsupervised environments and/or close personal contact), such as personal care services, residential care services, respite services, and transport services are managed on an individual basis by creating an individual risk management plan. In most cases our policy regarding no unsupervised one-on-one client time reduces this risk.
3. System-level quality measures.
- Systemic, weekly checking of practitioner disclosure documentation.
- Our Complaints process explicitly links to Focused Education ‘child-friendly’ and ‘child safety’ goals.
Risk management procedures help Focused Education staff identify which dangers are greatest and risk of harm most severe.
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Reference List and useful external links.
Irenyi, Bromfield, Beyer, Higgins (2006) ‘Child maltreatment in organisations: Risk factors and strategies for prevention’, Child Abuse Prevention Issues no.25, page 21.
2016. . [ONLINE] Available at: https://engage.dss.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/150430-ACT-CYPC-submission-NDIS-Safeguards-consultation-paper.pdf. [Accessed 26 January 2016].