FINDING THE PROVIDER WHO WILL PROVIDE A SAFE AND POSITIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR YOUR CHILD
Contacting service providers to find out what care they can provide your child can be challenging.
It’s particularly challenging right now as the disability service sector goes through a period of rapid change.
Throughout your child’s life you will be in contact with different kinds of providers and organisations. Some will be specialist disability services; or some will be mainstream that help a range of children. Some will be registered with the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and some may not. Some will be organisations, and some will be sole traders.
However there are common principles to keep in mind no matter what type of provider:
- All children have the right to feel and be safe where ever they are. Keeping children safe is everyone’s business.
- A united and integrated community approach keeps children protected and safe.
- Children’s safety is enhanced and maintained by a team of empowered champions and you, their parent are a vital member of the supporting team.
Children’s safety is also supported by safeguards. There are many different forms of safeguards. This may be a new term.Click + for more information
Safeguards provide safety and protection. They include laws, policies, programs, practices and activities that protect children from feeling unsafe, physically, emotionally and sexually.
Examples of safeguards are legal requirements such as:
- Working with Children Checks and
- an organisation’s Code of Conduct.
Safeguards do not provide a complete guarantee that children will be protected from harm. However, the more safeguards there are, the stronger the protection will be.
types of safeguards
Overarching safeguards include legislation, policies and frameworks that apply to all organisations and providers. These safeguards ensure providers maintain a safe environment for all children.
These safeguards operate at the international level, the National (or Commonwealth) level, and at the Victorian State level.
The NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) is a Commonwealth Government initiative that provides a new way to help people with disability receive care and support.
You can also visit Disability Loop, the website of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations to find out more about NDIS: http://www.disabilityloop.org.
The Victorian Government has introduced a number of new legislation and policies to ensure children’s safety.
The Child Safe Standards aim to prevent physical violence, sexual abuse, serious emotional or psychological abuse and serious neglect.
Further information about the Child Safe Standards can be found on the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website and in the next section.