GIVIT CHILD AND YOUTH RISK MANAGEMENT STRATEGY

Part 1 Commitment

1.1 Statement of Commitment

GIVIT is a charity that connects those in need with those willing to give. We facilitate the transfer of quality goods via an online service to reach those within our community who are vulnerable or marginalised, in a safe and confidential manner.

As a sub-programme of GIVIT, GIVIT Kids aims to empower children to make donations to children and families in need in a safe and direct way. It also provides a medium for parents to interact with their children and provide a teaching opportunity for schools.

All children who participate in the GIVIT Kids programme have a right to feel and be safe. GIVIT and GIVIT Kids are committed to ensuring that the safety, welfare and wellbeing of children accessing our programmes are maintained at all times.

In order to support this commitment, we are dedicated to our child and youth risk management strategy which has policies and procedures in place to effectively address the safety and wellbeing of children and young people accessing our programmes.

1.2 Codes of Conduct

Code of Conduct for Children

As children and young people who are accessing the programmes of GIVIT Kids we agree that:

Code of Conduct for Parents, Carers and Teachers

As a parent/carer or teacher of a child involved in the programme provided by GIVIT Kids, I agree that:

Code of Conduct for GIVIT and GIVIT Kids Employees

As employees for GIVIT Kids, we agree that:

Code of Conduct for Charities

As charities participating in the GIVIT Kids programme we agree that:

 

Part 2: Capability

GIVIT and GIVIT Kids is committed to maintaining recruitment, selection, training and management strategies that encourage best practice and enhance the safety and well-being of children and young people.

2.1 Recruitment and selection

2.2 Training and Management

 

Part 3: Concerns

3.1 Policies and procedures for handling disclosures and suspicions of harm

For GIVIT or GIVIT Kids employees who have direct contact with children, the following policy and procedures will ensure that they respond as quickly as possible and in the interests of the child, if disclosures of harm are received or harm is suspected.

All GIVIT and GIVIT Kids employees will receive training in identifying and handling disclosures or suspicions of harm as a part of induction training, or when this strategy is implemented for existing employees. This policy and procedures will be reviewed annually to ensure that the GIVIT and GIVIT Kids are continuing to provide a safe and supportive environment for children.

Harm may be categorised in the following types:

A disclosure of harm occurs when someone, including a child, tells a person about harm that has happened or is likely to happen. A suspicion of harm can occur when a person is concerned about significant changes in behaviour or new, unexplained or suspicious injuries to a child.

Procedures to minimise harm to children and young people

GIVIT Kids works to minimise harm to children and young people by acting in a manner that supports their interests and wellbeing, by:

Procedures for receiving disclosures of harm

When receiving a disclosure of harm GIVIT or GIVIT Kids employees are to:

Documenting disclosures or suspicion of harm

Suspicions of harm . If any GIVIT or GIVIT Kids employees have concerns about the safety of a child, they will record their record their concerns in a non-judgmental and accurate manner as soon as possible, and following the reporting procedures outlined below.

If an employee of GIVIT Kids witnesses unsafe or harmful actions towards a child participating in a GIVIT programme, the employee will intervene immediately, provided it is safe to do so. Otherwise, the employee will call the police.

On receiving a disclosure of harm, GIVIT or GIVIT Kids employees are to complete an incident report recording the details as soon as possible so that they are accurately captured, including:


Reporting disclosures or suspicions of harm

GIVIT and GIVIT Kids will not conduct its own enquiries in relation to any disclosure or suspicion of harm and will not attempt to mediate an outcome between the parties involved.

If a GIVIT or GIVIT Kids employee receives a disclosure or suspects harm they are to report this immediately to the CEO of GIVIT and GIVIT Kids, Juliette Wright. If a disclosure is made on a school or educational facilities’ premises, the matter will also be referred to the principal or chief officer of the facility.

All disclosures or suspicions of harm will then be reported to the :

Actions following a disclosure of harm

3.2 Plan for managing breaches of the child and youth risk management strategy

This plan outlines the steps to be taken following a breach of the child and youth risk management strategy in order to address the breach in a fair and supportive manner. A breach is any action or inaction by any GIVIT or GIVIT Kids employees or participants to the GIVIT Kids programme that fail to comply with any part of this strategy.

Who must comply with this plan?

Processes to manage a breach

Breaches will be managed in a fair, unbiased and supportive manner. The following will occur:

Suitable outcomes for breaches

Depending on the nature of the breach, outcomes may include:

3.3 Planning processes for high risk activities and special events

This Child and Youth Management Risk Strategy applies to the day-to-day activities and operations of GIVIT and the GIVIT Kids. GIVIT and GIVIT Kids activities and planned events are not considered high risk because our programmes involve only limited direct contact with children as follows:

If any high risk activities or special events are planned, these events will require the prior approval of GIVIT and GIVIT Kids CEO, Juliette Wright. A detailed risk management strategy must be drafted and endorsed by the CEO prior to any high risk event or activity occurring.

 

Part 4: Consistency

4.1 Policies and procedures for compliance with Chapter 8 of the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000

In Queensland, employment screening is undertaken as required by the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000 (the Act) to determine if a person is eligible to work with children and young people in certain types of employment or business, based on their past police or disciplinary information. Eligible persons in relevant child related employment need to obtain a blue card. The Act also prescribes the requirements for the development, implementation and review of this child and youth risk management strategy.

The blue card system prohibits certain 'disqualified' people upfront from entering into regulated child related employment and ensures that other people who are not disqualified but whose past behaviour indicates they may pose a risk of harm to children are prevented from working in regulated child-related employment. The Public Safety Business Agency that administers the blue card system also undertakes ongoing monitoring of the police information of blue card holders and service providers compliance with their blue card obligations.

Blue card compliance

Blue card applications and maintenance

At the initial application stage, GIVIT Kids must: