Child Safety at CFA

Child Safety

CFA interacts with children and young people in many ways through our community-based programs and in our Brigades. As an organisation we are committed to providing a safe, supportive and positive environment for all children and young people.

Children’s right to safety and participation are embedded in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and reflected in the requirements of the Victorian Child Safe Standards.

All organisations in Victoria who provide services for children and young people are legally required to comply with the Child Safe Standards, which aim to empower children and young people, prevent child abuse and neglect, and ensure that organisations have effective processes in place to respond to and report child safety concerns and allegations of abuse.

 

Promoting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people

At CFA, we are committed to embedding the requirements of the Child Safe Standards into all aspects of our operations to create a culture is characterised by:

  1. Strong governance and leadership that embeds a culture of child safety
  2. A clear and documented commitment to child safety
  3. A code of conduct outlining appropriate behaviour when interacting with children and young people
  4. Human resource processes to make sure new staff and members are suitable to work with children and young people, understand their responsibility to safeguard children and young people and are trained to recognise child safety issues and empowered to make a report.
  5. A responding and reporting process for child safety concerns that all staff and members (including children and young people) are aware of
  6. Risk management and mitigation strategies to address child abuse risks
  7. Empowering children and young people to know their rights, have their voices heard and how to report concerns or incidents.

 

A whole of organisation approach

Being child safe does not just happen, preventing child abuse requires a proactive approach underpinned by our policies, procedures and practices and the commitment of all our members, paid and volunteer.

Download An Introduction to CFA's Child Safety Policy - pdf 116k

CFA is committed to educating and empowering all of our members, staff and volunteers alike, to recognise child safety issues and know how to report them and who to report to.

Zero tolerance for all forms of child abuse

CFA has a zero tolerance for all forms of child abuse and neglect, and we will act to safeguard children and young people according to our ethical and legal obligations. Child abuse is any behaviour that harms a child and can take many forms including:

  • physical
  • sexual
  • emotional abuse
  • neglect.

Addressing heightened risks

While any child or young person can be vulnerable to abuse, some groups face a higher risk, including children and young people who:

  • are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander identity
  • are from a culturally and linguistically diverse background
  • have a disability
  • have previously experienced abuse
  • identify as LGBTIQA+
  • or are experiencing disadvantage such as poverty, homelessness, or living in out-of-home care.

 

Reporting a concern

If you have a child safety concern, complaint or allegation, download the Child Safety Incident Report form - docx 50k to notify CFA. Complaints and allegations of child abuse will be taken seriously and acted upon with the upmost sensitivity, integrity and confidentiality.

If you require any further information about Child Safety at CFA, please contact the Child Safety Team via email childsafetyofficer@cfa.vic.gov.au.

 

Page last updated:  Thursday, 17 June 2021 2:27:28 PM