Child Safety Policy
South Port Community Housing Group is committed to child safety. Our aim is for all children and young people connected to our services to feel safe, happy and empowered.
SPCHG has a zero tolerance approach to child abuse and actively works to listen to and empower children. At SPCHG we take all allegations or concerns very seriously and allegations will be dealt with in line with our policies and procedures. We are bound by legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are concerned for a child’s safety.
SPCHG staff are trained in responding to issues of child safety and child abuse and the organisation is committed to regular ongoing training and education on this issue.
We support and respect all children and are committed to the cultural safety of Indigenous children, children from culturally diverse backgrounds and children with disabilities.
If you believe a child is at immediate risk of abuse please phone 000.
Right to live free from violence
Everyone has the right to live free from violence, sexual abuse and fear. South Port Community Housing Group is committed to responding quickly and professionally to victims and perpetrators of violence through our support services and networks.
If you have experienced violence or sexual assault and require immediate assistance please contact 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Safe Steps on 1800 015 188. If you are concerned for your safety or that of someone else please contact the police on 000.
Family centred practice
The Youth Housing Support Team adapts a family centred approach when working with families to ensure the best possible outcome for children and young people. The practice assists in strengthening families, using community supports and empowerment to support the family as a whole. We approach all interactions with families in a respective and responsive ways and recognise the central role of families in children’s lives.
Family centred practice allows for families to work with the Youth Housing Support Team to adapt and/or adjust an intervention accordingly. A more effective service delivery generally occurs due to the collaborative approach between the family and support team.
The Youth Housing Support Team remains family centred by:
- Showing mutual respect and trust
- Actively engaging families in decision making for their children
- Creating a culturally inclusive environment
- Recognising the parent child relationship
- Listening to families and taking on suggestions and advise to best assist the child/children