Management Strategy for Child Protection
Bugs Ed. is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people who use its services. I and my workers will treat them with respect and understanding at all times, whilst striving to educate and inspire them in a positive and supportive environment. To ensure that children and young people are kept safe from harm, I and all employees of Bugs Ed. will conduct ourselves in accordance with the following risk management strategies. We will:
Strongly implement our requirement that a qualified staff member/members be present at all times during our workshops, as outlined in our terms and conditions
Ensure we are unaffected by the use of substances which may compromise the appropriate supervision of children at all times
Gain consent from teachers, parents or carers before photographing or videoing any child and gain appropriate written permission from teachers, parents or carers to use any of this material for promotional purposes
Not support bullying or harassment by anyone to anyone, including among children
Notify the principal of any behaviour by either the students or supervising teacher/teachers that we feel is inappropriate or harmful during our time with the children
Code of Conduct for interacting with children and young people
I and all employees of Bugs Ed. will:
Foster mutual respect between ourselves and children and young people regardless of cultural identity and cultural practices/behaviour
Understand children and young people, their ages, stages of development, special circumstances and special needs
Use language which is age/stage appropriate, clear, non-threatening and non-sexual
Use physical contact only where it is completely necessary during the course of our business-related duties and where permission from the child and the childs teacher has been gained in that instance
Willingly listen to a child or young persons concerns/issues
Openly listen to teacher/child/parent suggestions, feedback and complaints
Employ corrective practices which are not punitive, humiliating or aggressive
Teachers also have responsibilities. They should:
Ensure that they or another qualified member of staff is present throughout the entire duration of our workshop, including set up and pack up
Be observant and involved with both the children or young people and the presenter during the workshop
Work with myself or my employees to provide a positive learning experience for the children or young people, especially with regard to the behaviour of students
Administer appropriate corrective practices in the event of bad behaviour
Immediately raise any issues or concerns with myself of my employees
Provide the necessary resources/requirements relevant to the workshop as requested
Ensure the classroom/venue is set up according to our requirements and in a way that will not endanger the safety of the presenter, children or young people, or our equipment
As the business operator, I and all of my employees have the right to:
Cease our workshop activities with a child or young person who is consistently non-compliant or obstructive, in which case the supervising teacher will be notified immediately
Raise any concerns we may have with a child, teacher or parent/guardian
Expect that a child/teacher/parent make concerns know to us as soon as they arise so that a resolution can occur as quickly as possible
Cease our workshop activities if a qualified member of staff is not present at all times, or if we feel they are not adequately supervising the workshop
Report disclosures and suspicions of harm (as described below), or any breaches of our requirements stated in our terms and conditions
Children and young people have the right to:
Be listened to
Be involved in decisions that affect them
Have their cultural values respected
Have their best interests considered
Be free from harassment, bullying or abuse of any kind, and
Ask if they dont understand something.
Teachers have the right to:
Ask questions or raise concerns about our workshop activities
Make complaints as per the procedures outlined below
Procedures for making complaints
If you have a concern or complaint with myself or any of my employees, please contact me as soon as possible so I can respond as quickly as possible.
Arrange a time at the end of the workshop or during any break periods to discuss any issues.
Ensure only relevant parties are present when a complaint is being discussed. If possible, it should not be discussed within hearing range of the child or young person.
Recruitment, training and management procedures for staff
To ensure that all employees of Bugs Ed. comply with our child protection policies, all staff members will:
Be supplied a copy of our Child Protection Policy, including a Code of Conduct and outlines of their Roles and Responsibilities
Be required to sign a agreement to comply with our Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct
Be required to hold and maintain a current Blue Card
Be subject to random supervision and assessment of their workshops to ensure their conduct is in compliance with our policy and code of conduct
Be able to contact myself to discuss any issues, complaints or to put forth ideas to include in our policy and code of conduct
Immediately report to me any disclosures of harm or inappropriate behaviour towards a child or young person by either a teacher or another child
Reporting guidelines and directions for handling disclosures and suspicions of harm
If confronted with a disclosure of harm from a child or young person, we will respond professionally and in the best interests of the child or young person subjected to the alleged harm.
Reporting of disclosures and suspicions of harm will be made in accordance with procedures recommended by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian.
We will document the disclosure or suspicion of harm in a non-judgemental and accurate manner as soon as possible
We will notify the Department of Child Safety if we suspect or are told that a child is being harmed at home
We will notify the Queensland Police Service if we suspect or are told that a child is being harmed outside the home
We will notify the Queensland Police Service if we are concerned that a child is self-harming, and
Any reports or documentation on disclosures of harm will be kept confidential and secure, with access strictly limited and on a need to know basis.
Policy for managing breaches of the risk management strategy
As the director of Bugs Ed. I will ensure that all employees are made aware of their obligations towards, and comply with our Child Protection Policy and Code of Conduct.
Breaches of this risk management strategy or our code of conduct may result in:
Changes to the running of future workshops, including extra supervision to ensure the staff member is complying with the code of conduct
Termination of the employees contract
Notification to external authorities if a breach is considered critical.
Policies and procedures for compliance with blue card legislation
As director, I will review this strategy at least annually and record the date of review on the current version of this strategy.
Strategies for communication and support
A copy of my current risk management strategy will be made available on my website www.bugsed.com.
This will be revised and updated annually on the website and teachers will be encouraged each year to revisit and review the document in case of any changes.
In developing this risk management strategy, I have used a number of risk management-related resources offered by the commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian. These resources can be viewed at the Commissions website, at www.ccypcg.qld.gov.au/about/risk_management.html
If you have any concerns about our risk management strategy for child protection, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
Director, Entomologist & Presenter
Last updated 12th January, 2017.