31 August 2017Share
National Child Protection week is from 3 to 9 September. The event provides an opportunity to raise awareness about how all members of ACU play a role in keeping children safe. The University has a Protecting Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy and Procedures, which explains the actions to be taken by ACU members to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and vulnerable adults.
Child protection is important
Child abuse and neglect is one of Australia's most significant social problems. According to data gathered and reported by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in its 2015–16 Child Protection Australia report:
These disturbing statistics refer to cases reported to child protection agencies. The number of children actually experiencing abuse across Australia may be much higher as many incidences of child abuse may go unreported.
Child abuse is rarely a one-off incident, and the damage caused can have significant lifetime effects on mental, emotional and physical health, levels of educational attainment, employment, violence and crime, and addiction.
ACU’s Commitment to child protection
Promoting the safety, wellbeing and dignity of children is consistent with the Mission and Values of the ACU. All ACU members share responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of children and must comply with the University’s Protecting Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy and Procedures.
The University contributes to building ‘child-safe organisations’ within our communities by developing those entering the professions of care for children through our teaching and professional development programs, and research program. The University’s Institute of Child Protection Studies is enhancing the well-being of children, young people and families through quality research, evaluation, training and community education.
You can play a role in keeping children safe
You can learn more about how you can contribute to making ACU and our communities safe for children by undertaking ACU’s Online Module on Protecting Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults. Over 70% of ACU continuing and fixed-term staff have already completed the Online Module. If you have not yet completed the module, please do so clicking the following link to the Staff LEO site. If you have "LEO Auditor" status, please email ChildProtection@acu.edu.au or telephone extension 2101 before undertaking the module to ensure that your completion of the module is recorded.
At any time, you can repeat the Online Module and remind yourself of the University’s Protecting Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy and Procedures.
Finally, if you see any behavior towards a child or children which causes you to be concerned about their health and wellbeing please:
For further information or assistance regarding ACU’s Policy and Procedures, the online module or other child safety matter, contact Lisa Carroli, ACU’s National Child Protection Manager by email to ChildProtection@acu.edu.au or telephone extension 2101.
If you or someone close to you has been affected by any of the issues raised in this story, the following organisations may be able to help you.