Child Safe Organisation

Katherine West Health Board is a child safe organisation, committed to child safety and wellbeing in accordance with the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. KWHB is striving to ensure a supportive working environment which places child safety and wellbeing at the forefront of our service delivery. We are committed to embedding child safety practices throughout our organisation and undertaking continuous improvement to prioritise the safety of all children who come into contact with our organisation, staff and services.

Statement of commitment to child safety

KWHB is committed to being a child safe and child friendly organisation that recognises, respects, and promotes children’s rights.

We recognise our responsibilities in keeping children safe from abuse from those associated with this organisation and our priority if the safety of children.

We take a zero-tolerance approach to child abuse. We value diversity and will not tolerate discriminatory practices.

In recognition of the increase vulnerability of groups of children, we pay particular attention to:

  • The cultural safety of Aboriginal Children
  • The cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • The safety of children with a disability
  • The safety of children who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and/or intersex
  • The safety of child in out of home care and youth justice

By being a child safe organisation, we will:

  • Foster an environment in which children are listened to, their views valued, and their concerns acted upon
  • Actively encourage children to have a say about things that are important to them, including contributing to how we plan for, design, and develop our services and activities
  • Welcome concerns being raised about safety of children with we have contact with
  • Proactively assess and manage the risk of abuse to children who come into contact with our services
  • Listen to and act decisively on any child safety concerns or allegations of abuse that are made
  • Have specific policies, procedures and supports in place to enable us to meet these obligations.

Principles for creating a maintaining a child safe organisation

KWHB is committed to developing and implementing a child safe system and will:

  • Consult with staff and other appropriate parties, including children, to create and maintain child safety
  • Take a preventative, proactive and participatory approach to child safety
  • Recognise, respect and foster children’s rights
  • Respect diversity in cultures and child rearing practices while keeping child safety paramount
  • Value and empower children to participate in decisions which affect their lives
  • Value the input of and communicate regularly with families and carers
  • Engage people who are suitable to work with children and have high quality staff and volunteer supervision and professional development
  • Ensure that children know who to talk with if they are worries or are feeling unsafe, and that they are comfortable and encouraged to raise such issues
  • Foster a culture of openness that supports all persons to safety disclose risks of harm to children
  • Report suspected abuse, neglect or mistreatment promptly to the appropriate authorities.
  • Share information appropriately and lawfully with other organisations where the safety and wellbeing of children is at risk

Childrens’ rights 

Under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, children have the right to:

  • Be treated fairly
  • Have a say about decisions affecting them
  • Live and grow up healthy
  • Have people do what is best for them
  • Know who they are and where they came from
  • Believe what they want to believe
  • Privacy
  • Find out information and express themselves
  • Be safe no matter where they are
  • Be cared for and have a home
  • Education, play and cultural activities
  • Help and protection if they need it