New Child Safe Procedures at Vinnies

The St Vincent de Paul Society is a lay Catholic organisation that values and respects the dignity of all persons, especially the most vulnerable in our community. Safeguarding children and young people so that they thrive in their families and communities, whatever they may be, is a fundamental aspect of our work in providing a hand up to those facing adversity.

Over the past 18 months, the Society has undertaken an external review and has sought feedback on our Child Safe systems to ensure that we are doing all we can to protect the children and young people in our care.

The result is our new Safeguarding Children and Young People policy which can be found on the Vintranet or in the policy section of this website.

The Society is currently working towards accreditation with Child Wise as a Child Safe Organisation. This will be a journey involving everyone across the Society adopting a Child Safe lens in all that we do. There may be a number of changes as we move towards becoming more Child Safe and more child-focussed. The delivery of the new policy is just the first step in that journey.

Over the coming months we will be communicating with all members, volunteers and employees regularly about the implementation of the policy across the various areas of the organisation.

We have employed a dedicated Child Safe Project Coordinator, whose role it is to support and assist members, volunteers and employees through this process. Belinda-Jayne Davis will lead the development of training, communications and support resources to ensure all parts of the Society can effectively implement the Safeguarding Children and Young People policy and procedures. You can contact her on 9568 0272 or Belinda-jayne.davis@vinnies.org.au

We look forward to continuing this journey with you to ensure that children and young people are always valued, respected and safe in the Society.

You may also wish to read the letter on the Vinnies website from Graham West, St Vincent de Paul Society National President, about the importance learning from the past and the Society’s commitment to the safety and wellbeing of children. https://www.vinnies.org.au/page/News/National/National_News_Items_2017/A_letter_to_Vincentians_from_the_National_President/

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