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Child Safety and Wellbeing Policy
1. Purpose:

1.1              The purpose of this Policy is to set out the University’s approach to child safety and wellbeing.
1.2              The University is committed to providing an environment for work, study and living that is safe, respectful and inclusive.  Being part of the University community means that Students, Staff and visitors take responsibility for their actions and behaviour and contribute to a safe, inclusive and respectful environment for the entire University community.
 
2. Scope:
2.1              This Policy applies to Staff, Students and Affiliates of the University. This Policy also applies to contractors, volunteers, downstream partners, service providers and visitors engaged in University activity either on or off-campus that involves contact with or impact on children.
 
3. Principles:

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. 

IMPLEMENTATION
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.
 
4. Responsibilities:
Who Responsibilities
Vice-Chancellor - Policy custodian.
General Counsel - Policy contact.
- Policy implementation and review.
- Development of processes, guides and templates.
- Monitoring and reporting on policy compliance and/or policy improvement and development.
5. Legislation:
5.1              This Policy is governed by the University of Canberra Act 1989 (ACT) and informed by Commonwealth legislation and regulations from time to time, including the following:
(a)               Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth)
(b)               Human Rights Act 2004 (ACT)
(c)               Criminal Code 2002 (ACT)
(d)               Children and Young Persons Act (ACT) 2008
(e)               Working with Vulnerable People (Background Checking) Act 2011

5.2              In developing this Policy, the University had regard to the provisions of section 40B(1)(b) of the Human Rights Act (ACT), and to the following University legislation:

(a)               University of Canberra (Student Conduct) Rules 2017
(b)               University Facilities (Information and Communication Technology Network) Rules 2006

(c)               University Facilities (Library and Information Services) Rules 2007
6. Supporting Information:

6.1              University documents related to this Policy include:
(a)               Child Safety and Wellbeing Procedures
(b)               Child Safety and Wellbeing Code of Conduct
(c)               Charter of Conduct and Values
(d)               Staff employment contract
(e)               Human Rights and Discrimination Policy
(f)               Student Charter
(g)                Employee Background Checks Policy
(h)                Privacy Policy
(i)              University Business Travel and Entertainment (when travelling) Policy
(j)               Human Rights and Discrimination Policy
(k)               Critical Student Incident Management Policy
(l)               Welfare Arrangements for Under 18 International Students Policy
(m)               Space Management Policy
(n)                Campus Master Plan
(o)                ITM and Records Management Policy.
(p)                ITM Policy Manual
(q)               Network Access Policy
(u)               Corporate Web Policy 
 
7. Definitions:
Terms Definitions
Affiliates means people given Emeritus and Honorary (including Adjunct, Professional Associate and Visitor) appointments in accordance with the relevant University policies and procedures
Procedure means the “Child Safety and Wellbeing Procedure” and other document to be developed pursuant to this Policy or to implement this Policy as approved by the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University
Staff means a person who is employed by the University
Student means a person enrolled as a student in an approved course (including undergraduate and postgraduate) at the University or in a course or program of study conducted by or on behalf of the University; any casual learner participating in any formal or informal teaching programs offered by the University or on behalf of the University; and, where relevant, an exchange student or non-award student.
University University of Canberra (ABN 81 633 873 422).
8. Links:

8.1              External documents related to this Policy are:
(a)               Commonwealth Child Safe Framework
(b)               National Principles for Child Safe Organisations (National Principles)
(c)               DFAT Child Protection Policy 2017
(d)               Code of Professional Ethics and Conduct
(e)               National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research
(f)                Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research
(g)               United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, particularly Article 19
(h)               International Standard for Risk Management:  ISO 31000