3.1 The University has zero tolerance for child exploitation and abuse.
3.2 The University upholds Australia’s obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
3.3 The University adopts the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.
3.4 The University is committed to:
(a) preventing a Staff member or Student from engaging in University activities that involve contact with or impact on children if those activities will or are likely to pose an unacceptable risk to children;
(b) ensuring that the physical environment of the University promotes safety and wellbeing and minimises the opportunity for children to be harmed;
(c) ensuring that the University’s online environment promotes child safety and wellbeing and minimises the opportunity for children to be harmed;
(d) ensuring that any images of children used in the University webpage, marketing material or other publications are appropriate and promote the safety and wellbeing of children; and
(e) promoting child safety and wellbeing and preventing unacceptable behaviour towards children through education and training.
3.5 The University will regularly undertake a risk assessment of its operations as they relate to child safety and wellbeing, and will identify and implement appropriate measures to continue to mitigate identified risks.
3.6 Children enrolled in the University will be informed of the University’s commitment to child safety and wellbeing, and will be encouraged and supported to communicate their views or concerns.
3.7 The University enables and encourages the prompt reporting of allegations of child abuse, exploitation and neglect, and will take action to comply with its legal obligations to notify authorities of any reasonable suspicion of child abuse, exploitation and neglect.
3.8 Concerns, complaints or allegations of child abuse, exploitation neglect will be treated in a manner that is child-focused, trauma informed and culturally appropriate, and with due regard to the principle of procedural fairness.
3.9 Training, education and/or information on child safety and wellbeing will be made available to Staff, Students and Affiliates, and to the broader University community as relevant.
3.10 The University acknowledges that child protection is a shared responsibility between the University and the broader University community. The University will take steps to raise awareness of child protection and wellbeing across the University community.
3.11 This Policy will be reviewed annually (along with the Child Safety and Wellbeing risk register) to ensure it complies with all mandatory processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse; any new child safety standards; and any other legislative changes relevant to child safety.