Child Safety Statement

Annie North is a child safe organisation committed to ensuring the safety of children and to providing and actively promoting a safe environment for children. At Annie North Inc. the voices of children and young people are paramount. Annie North has zero tolerance towards child abuse, and is committed to protecting the physical, emotional, cultural and social well-being of all children. We want children to be safe, happy, healthy, thriving and empowered. We support and respect all children and are committed to their safety, well-being, community participation and empowerment.

As an organisation we are committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early, and removing and reducing these risks. We ensure our robust human resources and recruitment practices support this commitment, along with providing access to regular training and education to our staff and volunteers on child abuse risks and indicators. 
We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait children, the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability and for those who identify with diverse sexual orientation and/or gender identities.

Annie North has systems in place to protect children, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated seriously. We strictly follow our legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety.
We acknowledge that children’s safety is a whole of organisation responsibility and we work to ensure that children, especially, are everyone’s business.

We will respond to the concerns of children as paramount in the context of the domestic and/or family violence that they experience with their mother/carer, but recognise the importance of the mother/carer, child bond for the future well-being of the child/ren.

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