All children and young people who come to Cabrini have a right to feel and be safe. Cabrini policies and practices aim to keep children safe from harm and proactively address any child safety risks.
Cabrini is committed to providing a safe environment for children and young people and child safety is an identified priority. This includes the identification of, and response to, child safety risks and incidents, and compliance with legislation.
Cabrini has a zero tolerance of child abuse. All allegations and safety concerns are treated seriously and consistently with structures in place to report child safety issues at the highest level of governance.
Organisational policies and procedures are in place to –
- minimise risk and eliminate the potential for harm to children and young people;
- empower and support children and young people and ensure their voices are heard;
- implement robust human resources practices for all staff, contractors and volunteers, recognising that every person at Cabrini has a role to play in creating a safe environment for children and young people; and
- meet the Child Safe Standards (Vic) and other legislative requirements including duty of care and reporting obligations.
Cabrini strives to embed a culture of child safety across the organisation. Ongoing monitoring and review will ensure the system is responsive to the needs of children. Additional consideration is given to the needs of vulnerable children – specifically children with a disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, and children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.