DVLC is committed to child safety and protecting children from harm. Our organisation fully supports the Victorian State Government Child Safe Standards.
Our Statement of Commitment (see below) reinforces DVLC’s undertaking to be a child safe institution; and to focus on the safety and protection of children and young people under the age of 18 across our diverse operations.
Statement of Commitment
DVLC has students under the age of 18, provides re-engagement services to young people under 18 years of age, hosts visiting children and conducts activities with children and young people. As such, DVLC recognises its responsibility and is committed to child safety, protecting children from harm and being a child safe organisation.
DVLC is committed to:
promoting and protecting the best interests of children
safeguarding children who are undertaking DVLC programs including via e-learning, or who are engaged in DVLC online communities and forums
the safety, participation and empowerment of all children
preventing child abuse and identifying risks early, and removing and reducing these risks, including risks presented by physical and online environments
regularly training and educating our staff and volunteers on child abuse risks
the cultural safety of Aboriginal children, and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.
DVLC supports and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers. All children, regardless of their gender, race, religious beliefs, age, disability, sexual orientation, or family or social background have equal rights to protection from abuse, harm or maltreatment.
zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently with our policies and procedures
legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we have reasonable concern about a child’s safety, or reasonably believe that a child has been abused or harmed, which we follow rigorously
robust human resources and recruitment practices for all staff and volunteers
policies, procedures and training in place that support our leadership team, staff and volunteers to achieve these commitments.
Everyone working or studying at DVLC is responsible for the care and protection of the children within our care and reporting information about suspected child abuse or harm of children and young people. The DVLC community is aware of the Victorian Government’s mandatory reporting obligations and associated legislation. Child protection is a shared responsibility between DVLC, all employees, students, workers, contractors, associates and members of the DVLC community.
If you believe a child or young person is at immediate risk of abuse or harm call Emergency 000.