As many of you are aware, Baptist Care SA has started the process of re-accreditation against the Child Wise Standards. This is an accreditation we have held since 2016, based on the 10 National Principles for Child Safe Organisations, as recommended by the Child Protection Royal Commission.
The process started with a briefing by Child Wise to our Integrated Leadership Team (ILT) in late 2020, and continues now with interviews including our Board, Executive and Management and a self-assessment process to be completed by the Quality & Risk team.
Staff and clients will also be involved in late February and March with a series of consultation sessions across the organisation. If you or your service have been selected, you will receive further information in due course. In addition, all staff and clients will be invited to participate in a voluntary online survey.
The accreditation process also involves site visits, provision of evidence and review of our policies and training. Staff involved will be advised with enough lead time to prepare.
“All Baptist Care SA employees, volunteers and contractors are responsible for the care, safety and wellbeing of children and vulnerable young people in our care. We are all required to ensure we maintain professional transparency and accountability for our own behaviours and demonstrate awareness of and adherence to Baptist Care SA’s Child Protection policies and procedures, as well as to Australian Child Protection laws. We will actively seek to identify and prevent risks to children and young people by encouraging client feedback and responding as an upmost priority to any suspicions or reports of child abuse (physical, emotional or sexual), neglect, harm, exploitation or grooming. Through our values of integrity, compassion, empowerment and innovation, together we will ensure a safe environment for children and young people in our care in order for them to achieve their full potential.”
Statement of Commitment – Baptist Care SA’s Child Protection Policy
Manager, Quality & Risk