Child Safety Commitment
At La Trobe we are committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff, and volunteers. As part of this commitment we have implemented the Victorian Child Safe Standards to help protect children and young people under the age of 18 from child abuse and neglect.
Promoting safety, participation and well being
At La Trobe we support the safety, participation, wellbeing and empowerment of children and young people, and seek to ensure the safety of any children involved in university-related activities. We achieve this by:
- adhering to La Trobe University’s child safe policy and commitment;
- performing Working with Children checks for all identified roles engaged in child related activities and services;
- mandating compliance training for specified roles/functions;
taking all reasonable steps to protect children from abuse;
- treating everyone with respect;
- listening and responding to the views and concerns of children;
- promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal children, children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and those with a disability
- ensuring as far as practicable that adults are not left alone with a child;
- if an allegation of child abuse is made, ensure as quickly as possible that the child(ren) are safe;
- encouraging children to ‘have a say’ and participate in all relevant organisational activities where possible, especially on issues that are important to them.
It is the shared responsibility of the University community to protect children and prevent child abuse and neglect.
Our commitment to the implementation of the Victorian Child Safe Standards and our cultural values seek to promote an environment in which children and their parents or guardians feel confident in discussing any allegations of child abuse or child safety concerns.
At La Trobe, we have zero tolerance approach towards child abuse.
Any allegations of child abuse should be reported immediately to La Trobe University’s Child Safety Officer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Situations in which child(ren) are at immediate risk should be reported to Police by calling 000.
Other Useful Resources
- Emergency Services (Police) 000
- Child Safe Standards – Poster (Responding to incidents, disclosures and suspicions of child abuse and reportable allegations)
- Child Safe Standards – Brochure (Your role in protecting children and young people from abuse, neglect and grooming)
- Child Safe Standards Overview [DOC 433KB]
- Department of Human Services Child Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response
- Commission for Children and Young People - Website
- Department of Human Services Child Safe Standards Website