Child Safety at TSH
Telethon Speech & Hearing is committed to providing a child safe environment and promoting practices which provide for the safety, wellbeing and welfare of our children, clients and families.
Every person involved in Telethon Speech & Hearing has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role they play individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.
We are aware, as an educational and therapy provider specifically for young people with individual learning needs, that our organisation requires a high degree of awareness, preparedness, and prevention to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our children.
Telethon Speech & Hearing expects all members including staff, volunteers, students, visitors, and contractors to share this commitment.
Telethon Speech & Hearing acknowledges the Traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Custodians/Owners of the land on which we work, live and build stronger communities for children and families to thrive. We recognise their continued custodianship and connection to land, waters and community and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We extend this respect to all First Nations people present today and welcome all Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal families to our centre and school.
National Principles for Child Safe Organisations
The principles below outline our commitment on being a child safe organisation that promotes child well-being and prevents harm to all young people.
- Child safety and wellbeing is embedded in organisational leadership, governance and culture.
- Children and young people are informed about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously.
- Families and communities are informed and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing.
- Equity is upheld and diverse needs respected in policy and practice.
- People working with children and young people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and wellbeing values in practice.
- Processes to respond to complaints and concerns are child focused.
- Staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and young people safe through ongoing education and training.
- Physical and online environments promote safety and wellbeing while minimising the opportunity for children and young people to be harmed.
- Implementation of the national child safe principles is regularly reviewed and improved.
- Policies and procedures document how the organisation is safe for children and young people.