Statement of Commitment to Child Safety
IDF Training is committed to child safety.
We want children to be safe, happy and empowered. We support and respect all children, and are committed to their safety, participation and empowerment.
We have zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously.We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow rigorously.
IDF Training is committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early, and removing and reducing these risks.
We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children, the cultural safety of children from a culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.
If you believe a child is at immediate risk of abuse phone 000.
IDF Training promotes diversity and tolerance in our organisation, and people from all walks of life and cultural backgrounds are welcome. In particular we:
support the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal children
support the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds
aim to ensure that children with a disability are safe and can participate equally.
Child Safety and Abuse
Our organisational culture aims for all staff, parents, carers and children to feel confident and comfortable in discussing any allegations of child abuse or child safety concerns.
We record all allegations of abuse and safety concerns, including investigation updates. All records are securely stored.
If an allegation of abuse or a safety concern is raised, we provide updates to children and families on progress and any actions we as an organisation take.
Staff & Recruitment
All people engaged in child-related work at IDF Training, including volunteers, are required to hold a Working with Children Check and to provide evidence of this Check. Please see the Working with Children Check website for further information. We take all reasonable steps to employ skilled people to work with children where relevant.
We carry out reference checks and police record checks to ensure that we are recruiting the right people. Police record checks are used only for the purposes of recruitment and are discarded after the recruitment process is complete. We do retain our own records (but not the actual criminal record) if an applicant’s criminal history affected our decision making process.
If during the recruitment process a person’s records indicate a criminal history then the person will be given the opportunity to provide further information and context.
The safety and wellbeing of children is our primary concern. We are also fair and just to personnel. The decisions we make when recruiting, assessing incidents, and undertaking disciplinary action will always be thorough, transparent, and based on evidence.
All personal information considered or recorded will respect the privacy of the individuals involved, whether they be staff, volunteers, parents or children, unless there is a risk to someone’s safety. We have safeguards and practices in place to ensure any personal information is protected. Everyone is entitled to know how this information is recorded, what will be done with it, and who will have access to it.
IDF Training takes our legal responsibilities seriously, including:
Failure to disclose: Reporting child sexual abuse is a community-wide responsibility. All adults in Victoria who have a reasonable belief that an adult has committed a sexual offence against a child under 16 have an obligation to report that information to the police.
Failure to protect: People of authority in our organisation will commit an offence if they know of a substantial risk of child sexual abuse and have the power or responsibility to reduce or remove the risk, but negligently fail to do so. Any personnel who are mandatory reporters must comply with their duties.
In Victoria, organisations are required to protect children when a risk is identified (see information about failure to protect above). In addition to general occupational health and safety risks, we proactively manage risks of abuse to our children.
We have risk management strategies in place to identify, assess, and take steps to minimise child abuse risks, which include risks posed by physical environments (for example, any doors that can lock), and online environments (for example, no staff or volunteer is to have contact with a child in organisations on social media).
This policy will be reviewed every two years and following significant incidents if they occur. We will ensure that families and children have the opportunity to contribute. Where possible we do our best to work with local Aboriginal communities, culturally and/or linguistically diverse communities and people with a disability.
Allegations, concerns and complaints
IDF Training takes all allegations seriously and has practices in place to investigate thoroughly and quickly.
We all have a responsibility to report an allegation of abuse if we have a reasonable belief that an incident took place (see information about failure to disclose above).
If an adult has a reasonable belief that an incident has occurred then they must report the incident. Factors contributing to reasonable belief may be:
a child states they or someone they know has been abused (noting that sometimes the child may in fact be referring to themselves)
behaviour consistent with that of an abuse victim is observed
someone else has raised a suspicion of abuse but is unwilling to report it
observing suspicious behaviour.