Children's Entertainers Association

A Not For Profit Association of Professional Children’s Entertainers

Children's Entertainers Association Child Safe Organisations Strategy

Statement of Commitment

-The Children’s Entertainers Association is committed to the safety and well being of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our  work.

-The Children’s Entertainers Association has zero tolerance for child abuse.

-The Children’s Entertainers Association is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.

-Every person involved in the Children’s Entertainers Association has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the well being and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.

National Principles for Child Safe Organisations

1- Child safety and wellbeing is embedded in organisational leadership, governance and culture.

a) The Children’s Entertainers Association has no tolerance harm to children.

b) A child safe culture is championed and modelled at all levels of the CENTA from the top down and the bottom up.

c) We have a Code of Conduct provides guidelines for staff and volunteers on expected behavioural standards and responsibilities.

2- Children and young people are informed about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously.

a) CENTA entities with responsibility for children will adopt and implement policies and procedures that enable the active participation of children.

b) Children and young people will be informed about all their rights, including to safety, information, and participation.

3- Families and communities are informed and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing.

a) Families will participate in decisions affecting their child in all our organisations.

b) We will communicate openly, honestly and with respect to children
and families.

4- Equity is upheld and diverse needs respected in policy and practice.

a) CENTA has specific policies in place that promote equity and respect diversity for the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people.

b) Our staff, members and volunteers champion attitudes and behaviours that respect the human rights of all children and young people, and will be inclusive, well informed and responsive to diverse needs.

5- People working with children and young people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and wellbeing values in practice.

a) Our staff, members and volunteers have current working with children checks or equivalent background checks.

b) We will include a statement of our commitment to child safety in all our
child-related employment advertisements and position descriptions.

6- Processes for complaints and concerns are child focused.

a) Our complaints handling policies and processes will be child focused,
accessible, responsive and fair.

b) Complaints will be taken seriously, and responded to promptly and thoroughly.

7- Staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and young people safe through ongoing education and training.

a) We will train our staff, members and volunteers give them information on how to build culturally safe environments for children and young people.

b) Our staff and volunteers will are trained and supported to effectively implement the organisation’s child safety and child protection risk management policy.

8- Physical and online environments promote safety and wellbeing while minimising the opportunity for children and young people to be harmed.

a) All related online environment is used in accordance with the CENTA’s Code of Conduct, child safety, photo video and social media policy and practices.

b) Our Staff, members and volunteers identify and mitigate risks in the online and physical environments without compromising a child’s right to privacy, access to information, social connections and learning opportunities.

9- Implementation of the national child safe principles is regularly reviewed and improved.

a) We will review and improve our child safe policies and related procedures, introducing changes as required.

b) We will report on the findings of relevant reviews to staff and volunteers, community and families and children and young people.

10- Policies and procedures document how the organisation is safe for children and young people.

a) CENTA’s policies and procedures address all national child safe principles.

b) All our policies and procedures are documented and easy to understand. We are always monitoring legistative changes and update our policies.