Our public commitment

Younique ELC acknowledges the traditional custodians of the Casey region, The Mayone Bulluk Bunurong/Boonwurrung people. We acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and contribution they make to the life of this city and its surrounding region.

 

Younique ELC is committing to create a child safe organisation that inclusive and transparent. We aim to actively support the active participation of children in our service. Younique Early learning has zero tolerance for child abuse. We aim to take all practical steps to protect children from all types of abuse, harm and neglect, especially to Aboriginal children, children from culturally and or linguistically diverse background (CALD), those who are unable to live at home, children with disability and or children from sexuality and gender diverse groups (LGBTQIA+). 

 

We commit to:

  • take a preventative, proactive and participatory approach to child safety in our planning, decision-making and operation (Child safe standard 2, 5)

  • empower children to participate in decisions which affect their lives, while fosters a culture of openness that supports all persons to safely disclose risks of harm to children (Child safe standard 1.4, 3.6)

  • ensure children know who to talk with if they are worried or are feeling unsafe, and that they are comfortable and encouraged to raise such issues (Child safe standard 3)

  • respect diversity in cultures and child rearing practices while keeping child safety paramount.

  • Recruit staff through a rigorous and consistent screening and selection process to ensure they display the right personal qualities and experiences to provide high quality supervision and care to children. All staff are required to provide a current Working With Children Check before beginning employment and maintain/hold a current WWCC as a condition of their employment. 

  • provide induction, training, and supervision to ensure staff understand their obligations to protect children, identify child abuse risks and prevent, detect and report any inappropriate behaviour, misconduct or suspected child abuse (Duty of care and Reportable Scheme) (Child safe standard 6, 7 and 8)

  • ensure All staff, students and volunteers carry out their responsibilities as mandatory reporters as required by law under the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection Act 1998) and maintain up to date with knowledge of child protection law and the Child Safe Standards.

  • to manage both physical and online environments to keep children and young people safe through governance, systems and processes (Child safe standard 9). 

  • Regularly review and improve our centre child safe standard (Child safe standard 10). 

  • Share information appropriately and lawfully with other organisations where the safety and wellbeing of children is at risk and value the input of and communicate regularly with families and carers (Child safe standard 4, 11).