The Victorian Government has introduced compulsory minimum standards, which apply to organisations that provide services for children, to protect children from all forms of abuse. The Child Safety Standards (Standards) came into effect on 1 January 2017.
Little Athletics Victoria (LAVic) and its affiliated Centres must comply with these Standards. LAVic are working their way through the Standards, and providing direction and information to Centres as they progress.
To meet obligations under the Standards, LAVic have adopted the LAA National Child Protection Policy (Policy) and has issued the following Statement of Commitment to Child Safety.
Statement of Commitment
LAVic has a zero tolerance to child abuse, is committed to acting in children’s best interest and keeping them safe, and actively works to empower children. We value diversity and do not tolerate any discrimination practices.
To achieve this we will:
- Promote the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal children and their families.
- Promote the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and their families.
- Welcome children with a disability and their families and act to promote their participation.
The adoption of the Policy and Statement of Commitment will enable LAVic to create consistent policies and procedures in line with the Standards and will influence organisational and community culture on child safety.