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Latrobe City Council takes zero tolerance approach to child abuse

Latrobe City Council emphasized campaigns against child abuse.

By Portal Admin - 30th December 2017 - Back to News

The Victorian Government has introduced Child Safe Standards for all organisations that provide services to children, to ensure child safe environments. Latrobe City has nominated Child Safety Representatives to show its commitment to a best practice approach to implement these standards.

Latrobe City Council’s mayor, Councillor Darrell White, said whilst the standards were legislated, a zero tolerance approach was about ensuring the organisation led from the front in terms of community responsibility.

"As an organisation that provides services to children through our preschools, day care and family day care services, we have a duty to protect those children. Staff members have been through training to enable them to be able to identify potential abuse, to understand reporting responsibilities and mechanisms and to improve our response to any allegations of child abuse.

"Latrobe City Council is taking a zero tolerance approach towards child abuse and is committed to the safety, wellbeing and empowerment of children. Our aim, through the provision of nominated Child Safety Representatives, is to maintain a child safe organisation where protecting children and preventing and responding to child abuse is embedded in the everyday thinking and practice of all employees and volunteers," Cr White said.

"As the local authority, Latrobe City Council is seen as a leader in the community and setting the highest standard is paramount. We look forward to seeing other organisations and groups adopting similar child safe standards to protect children in their environment from any harm.

"Keeping our children safe can be achieved together; through education and awareness," Cr White concluded.


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