Child Protection Policy

Introduction
As an organisation that engages and works with children, St John ACT recognises that children, as individuals, have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, free from emotional and physical danger, abuse or neglect.

Purpose
This Child Protection policy document identifies the guidelines that are necessary and the requirements St John ACT expects from its members to ensure children in St John ACT’s duty of care are protected.

Policy
St John ACT must comply with all relevant legislation at all times.

All members of St John ACT are required to follow the Child Protection Guidelines.

  • Suitable members are to be trained and appointed as Child Protection Officers (CPO) for St John ACT. CPOs are required to hold appropriate child protection training. The minimum standards of this training must cover:
    • Recognition of all forms of child abuse;
    • Procedures for reporting to authorities;
    • The provision of support and assistance to members dealing with child abuse issues.
  • A register of CPOs is to be maintained and posted in appropriate areas to ensure all members are aware.
  • All adults working in sections of St John ACT, or in environments where their St John ACT engagement will cause them to come into contact with people under the age of eighteen (minors) must receive relevant child protection awareness training. Such adults must complete this training within twelve months of first engaging in areas where there are minors.
  • All minors must receive personal safety education.

Procedures
• Management are to develop and implement procedures for screening new adult members for criminal convictions.
• Management are to develop and implement procedures that record and manage all incidents, allegations,
and reports.

Responsibilities

  • It shall be the responsibility of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to ensure there are adequate CPOs appointed in St John ACT.
  • It shall be the responsibility of the CEO to maintain a record of all incidents, allegations and reports relating to child abuse.
  • It shall be the responsibility of the CPOs to advise the CEO of all incidents, allegations and reports relating to child abuse.

Related Documents

  • Child Protection Guidelines
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