the drum’s commitment to child safety
We are all committed to promoting wellbeing for life for all families, particularly as a way of supporting children and young people’s potential during their important transition as young adults into adulthood. This includes their rights for protection and safety in all areas and spaces they live, study, play, work – their homes and their community environments.
drummond street is committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early, and removing and reducing these risks.
We accept our legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child or young person’s safety, including suspicions of abuse.
We do this by having a zero tolerance of child abuse, all allegations and safety concerns are treated very seriously, consistently and actively.
drummond street understands that all children are vulnerable. However, we must consider the increased vulnerability of:
- Aboriginal children
- those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
- children with disabilities
- children identifying as LGBTQI+
These groups of children and young people may be particularly vulnerable to being victimized and may face challenges in reporting an incident of abuse.
We are committed to striving to achieve cultural safety. This requires Aboriginal children and their families having their culture and identity acknowledged and valued. We are committed to meeting Child Safe Standards by promoting the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and young people and changing our practices and process to ensure we are a safe(r) place for Aboriginal families.
Children accessing organisations come from a range of backgrounds, cultures and languages. drummond street value and recognize that people from all religious, cultural, ethnic, linguistic backgrounds are equal. And we are actively taking steps to prevent discrimination. This includes being active in considering how welcoming we are to children and families from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and what we can do to make it more inclusive and culturally responsive.
Children with a disability are particularly vulnerable to abuse and organisations and consequently, drummond street is taking specific steps to meet their safety and participation needs.
For children and young people identifying as LGBTQI+ or questioning, it is also vital that their identities are valued and acknowledged. We have policy and procedures in place to promote inclusive and responsive services. As with our efforts for other young people more vulnerable to victimization drummond street is continuously reviewing and adjusting or practices and service response to LGBTQI+ children.
As an organisation we continually invest in professional development for our staff. All staff are trained and adhere to Child Safe Standards. We continue to maintain our long-held commitment to inclusive, safe practices that empower and include young people. This means the physical, emotional and cultural safety of all children and young people, irrespective of cultures, faiths, genders, identities and abilities is of paramount focus.
Including the cultural safety and empowerment of First Nations children and young people.
If you believe a child or young person is at immediate risk of abuse phone 000.
If you are young person who needs support contact us – we are here to support, inform and connect you and your family members with what support they need.