The Aboriginal Hostels Limited's (AHL) Child Protection Framework demonstrates AHL’s commitment and intent to create safe environments and applies to all staff, volunteers and minors in our care in our facilities.
This framework has been developed to provide a practical guide to prevent child abuse in AHL facilities. It aims to create an open and aware environment where concerns for the safety and wellbeing of a child can be raised and managed in a fair and just manner, which protects the rights of all.
Aboriginal Hostels Limited recognises the unique contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s culture and heritage to Australian society. For the purposes of this handbook, the term ‘Aboriginal’ encompasses Australia’s diverse language groups and also recognises people of Torres Strait Islander descent.
- Practices focused on empowerment and participation of children and organisational structures and systems which encourage children to be listened to are key aspects of building capacity for child safe organisations, and demonstrate commitment to creating a childfriendly organisational culture.
- Article 30 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Child sets out the rights of children to use the language and customs of their families, as such this is supported within AHL’s hostels. It is important that children with a disability be provided special care as necessary.
- AHL ensures that its recruitment of staff and volunteers emphasises child safety and the organisation’s commitment across all levels to child protection. This includes statutory screening and vetting of staff and volunteers, including the requirement to hold a Working With Children Card, Blue Card or Ochre Card where applicable.
- Depending on the nature and circumstances of a report being made, AHL staff may be bound by strict protocols regarding how and when information can be shared, including with family members. AHL staff are guided by advice from Police and/or relevant child protection authorities in informing family members at the time a report is made.