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Transcript: How the Law Deals With Child Protection How a matter of neglect would proceed through the Children's Court Sam 9 year old boy Literacy and behavioural problems Father, Eric, is in prison Mother, Reba, is a personal care assistant & prostitute Sister, Maddy, is 17, has moved out & had a child Left at home during the evenings without any food Visits a local internet cafe til late at night Owner of the cafe tells Police he is worried about Sam Police take Sam home to find Reba isn’t there, the house is a mess and there is very little food The Police are unable to locate Reba & take Sam into temporary custody Chidren & Young Person (Care & Protection) Act 1998 Parties Director General of FACS Sam Reba (Mother) Eric (Father) Bill & Alice (Grandparents) Preliminary Orders Emergency Care & Protection Order Sam is at serious risk of harm Places Sam in the temporary care of the Director General for 14 days Care Applicaion Appication for a Care Order (s60) Accompanied by a 'Report Initiating Care Proceedings' Interim Order Made at the first return date Places Sam in the parental responsibility of the Minister Establishment Phase Threshold question: Is Sam in need of protection? Sam is in need of protection as his basic physical, psychological & educational needs are not being met Reba & Eric consents to a 'finding on a whithout admissions basis' Not contested, therefore no need for an Establishment Hearing Disposition/Placement Phase An exploration of child neglect and sexual assault as portrayed in the media and dealt with by the law Two 5.1 5.2 1.1 Child Protection Four One 4.2 2.3 2.2 1.2 5.3 2.1 1.3 4.3 4.1 Five

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Transcript: Cathie Zammit - LCS Brooke Capovilla – LCS Alternate Ian Bertram - CFS Zulfi Khan - ES Tony Micallef – ES Alternate Adan Davis – EPS Alternate Vacant - GM Helen Connell - Independent Mellissa Campisi – Children’s Services If there's no immediate danger, contact a Child Protection Committee member and pass on the details. You don't have to be, you only have to have a suspicion Child Protection Committee Minimising the possibility of child abuse occurring Training staff in best practice to ensure a safe environment for children Raising child protection awareness in the general community The immediate response to allegations of reportable offences/abuse and the implementation of thorough employment procedures. Allegations Against Staff Do I have to get involved? Questions people often ask If you are told about or receive a complaint (allegation) about the behaviour of a Council staff member, contractor, sub contractor, family day carer, work experience/students and/or volunteers and the complaint relates to a child (someone under 18 years) then you must report this immediately to your Child Protection Committee Representative. Children’s Services staff must discuss this with their direct supervisor prior to reporting it to the Child Protection Committee. Committee Members What if they are not really doing anything, but are acting suspiciously? Any person under the age of 18 Who is a child? Child Protection Visit Council’s website www.holroyd.nsw.gov.au All Child related information can be referred to at any time through accessing the staff intranet. Visit the Commission for Children & Young People website at www.kids.nsw.gov.au Visit the Community Services website at www.community.nsw.gov.au Visit the Keep the Safe website at http://www.keepthemsafe.nsw.gov.au/ If you witness or are told of an incident you must report it Don't place yourself at risk, do not approach the person. Call 000 You can also call Council's Ordinance Inspectors on 9840-9840 if you notice a person acting suspiciously For more Information How can I be sure?

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Transcript: KIDS CENTRAL COMMITMENT TO CHILD PROTECTION the child who is a child? Philippine Law RA 7610 "Child" - refers to any person below eighteen (18) years of age or those over but are unable to fully take care of themselves or protect themselves from abuse, neglect, cruelty, exploitation or discrimination because of a physical or mental disability or condition; U.N. Convention on The Rights of a Child any person younger than 18 years United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child "A person's a person, no matter how small." ~ Dr. Wess Stafford, former president, Compassion International God created every child with dignity Christian view BIBLICAL FOUNDATION God’s heart for children “At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, ‘Who then is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ And He called a child to Himself and set him before them and said, ‘Truly I say to you unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.’” God created and knows each child Matthew 18:1-5 God calls us to do everything we can to protect and defend children He desires to take care of each child and wants to raise and establish each child Even though we care about children very much and want to give them many wonderful things, God cares about them more than we ever could God is protective of children CHILD PROTECTION child protection Proverbs 31:8-9: "Child Protection" - refers to programs, services, procedures and structures that are intended to prevent and respond to abuse,neglect, exploitation, discrimination andviolence. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” As volunteers in the children's ministry, we are advocates for children. We must do everything we can to protect children from evil. God has placed each of us in a position of authority over children, and we must be good stewards of our authority. The misuse of authority over children is the beginning of child abuse. Child Protection Policy Child Protection Policy a statement that explains an organization’s commitment to protect children. CODE OF CONDUCT for KIDS CENTRAL is a set of.. we are to observe in dealing with children. CODE OF CONDUCT " " CODE OF CONDUCT 1. In any activity involving children (e.g. seminar, forums, camps, congress, assembly, meeting, counseling practice, etc.), I will observe the two-adult rule, wherein two or more adult staff must be present at all times to supervise the children. 2. If I need to accompany a child in any official travel, I will secure proper written authorization from my supervisor and from the child’s parent or guardian. 3. I will not stay overnight alone with one or more *GCAF children regardless of gender, whether in child’s home or elsewhere. " CODE OF CONDUCT " 4. I will not fondle, hold, kiss, cuddle or touch minors in an inappropriate or culturally insensitive way. 5. I will not flirt; give unwelcome flattering remarks or any suggestive comments to *GCAF children. 6. I will avoid spending excessive time alone with children and away from others. If time alone with children is required, I shall first notify appropriate authorities (GCAF pastoral team member, ministry head) before spending time alone with them unsupervised. " CODE OF CONDUCT " 7. I will be entirely professional in my relationship with *GACF children, while at the same time demonstrating Christian love and care. 8. I will be conscious about the perception and actual nature of my interaction and relationships with children. 9. I will not use derogatory language and act in ways intended to shame, humiliate, belittle or degrade children or otherwise perpetuate any form of emotional abuse. " CODE OF CONDUCT " 10. I will not discriminate against, show preferential treatment or favor particular children to the exclusion of others. 11. I will not develop any physical or sexual relationship with children. 12. I will photograph and video children only when they are appropriately dressed. 13. I will not hire minors as “house-help” or be accessory to recruiting a minor to engage in any employment/work that is potentially abusive and would separate the child from his/her immediate family. " " CODE OF CONDUCT 14. When uncertain about the boundaries of appropriate or inappropriate behavior, I will seek guidance without hesitation from my supervisor or from any member of the GCAF leadership team. 15. I will respect GCAF’s Core Values and Leadership Principles, especially in dealing with children. " CODE OF CONDUCT " I agree to comply with this CODE OF CONDUCT and I understand that under the GCAF’s Child Protection Policy, I can be held liable for any harm against the dignity of a child which may include legal charges against me.

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Transcript: Three other key issues are: 1. Teenage pregnancies. 2. Grooming 3. Friendship. Thailand has the second highest teen pregnancy rate in Asia. This is a problem as it reduces the chances of the girl getting an education and a good job. The age of consent in Thailand is 15. It differs between countries. We as teachers need ensure you as students are looked after and are happy. Your teachers and parents need to talk to you about keeping safe to prevent and stop abuse. Children all over the world have rights as will be shown on this video. Video - what is child abuse. So what are the types of abuse and how can it be recognised: Child Protection Charter has a Listening Team created with a range of staff and with one student representative (Jenny in Year 13). The aim of the team us to provide help and support on issues. We have set up an e-mail address if you need to discuss a problem and there are posters showing you who the team are. You can also speak with other staff if you know them better. Child Protection Physical abuse -this is hitting, kicking or hurting a child and can be seen in bruises and marks. Sexual abuse - this is when someone touches you or makes you act in a sexual nature. Neglect - this is when a child is not treated well and they may be hungry, dirty or ignored by parents. Bullying - this happens in all schools at different levels and may be in the form of direct abuse, name calling or cyber - bullying. The video will show what is cyber-bullying. Charter International School Teen pregnancy How does it happen? What can I do if I notice this happening to me or my friends? Grooming. Have you heard of this term? What do you think it means? The Listening Team

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Transcript: UniCeF defines ‘child protection’ as the prevention and responding to violence, exploitation and abuse against children For example: their families do not have adequate support from relatives or the community their parents are experiencing a lot of stress such as unemployment, illness, isolation or loneliness their parents may not have experienced good parenting themselves their parents may be alcohol or drug dependent or have mental health issues or there may be domestic violence in the household. Activity ! Trends in the last 10 years More than half of all children reported are already known to Family and Community Services. The number of new children reported to Family and Community Services each year has remained relatively stable from 2001/02 to 2006/07 whereas the number of children with a child protection history has increased significantly. The most urgent reports (required response time < 24 hours) have increased over time at a comparatively slower rate than other reports. The rate of reporting about children aged less than one year is higher than that for all other age groups. The number of reports per child, per year has been slowly rising since 1999/00. Mandatory Reporters line 133627 Mandatory reporters guide Public- Child protection Helpline- 13 2111 Keep them Safe- www.keepthemsafe.nsw.gov.au Mandatory reporters guideline Community and Family Services Impact of policies in Centers Big Fat Smile Bravehearts The Benevolent society Bright Futures Kids Uni Early Intervention & Placement Prevention program Bravehearts. Bravehearts inc. is an organisation which strives to educate, protect and empower children about and against child assault and abuse. They accomplish this through training and education ranging from early to primary education. They create online training in reporting and child protection for educators and live shows for teaching children. There are different forms of child abuse. These include neglect sexual physical and emotional abuse For each form of abuse there are different indicators or signs of abuse including things like bruising,tendency to be anti-social and indirect comments or suggestions of abuse New South Wales, (Department of Community Services), information found at <www.legislation.nsw.gov.au> Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (NSW) Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Amendment (Parental Responsibility Contracts) Act 2006 (NSW) Child Protection (Offenders Registration) Act 2000 (NSW) Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998 (NSW) The Ombudsman Act 1974 (NSW) Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) NUMBER OF REPORTS AND CHILDREN REPORTED HAS INCREASED Reform: Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Amendment Bill 2009—introduced to make further provision with respect to out-of-home-care designated agencies and the provision of information to the Children’s Guardian and the Director-General of the Department of Community Services One of the most important concerns of any community is the health, safety and well being of its children and young people. Whilst parents and carers are responsible for the safety and welfare of children in their care, protecting children and young people from abuse and neglect is the responsibility of the whole community. Child abuse and neglect can happen to any child or young person in any family and can have lasting, damaging effects. There are many reasons why children are at risk of abuse and neglect. Websites & Contacts, for Child Protection The number of reports and children reported each year has increased substantially The average number of reports per child per year has increased. These factors are clearly not all independently impacting on child protection reporting rates, and are likely to occur in concert among the more frequently encountered groups in the system. mandatory reporting guide Child Protection The Brighter Futures service provides support to vulnerable children and families. Brighter Futures is an early intervention program aiming to build the resilience of families and children that are at risk emotionally, physically or psychologically. The program supports particular families through close connection and intervention with home life and through the childcare centers. Bright Futures What is mandatory reporting? The australian government describes Mandatory Reporting as , The legal requirement to report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect is known as mandatory reporting. All jurisdictions possess mandatory reporting requirements of some description. However, the people mandated to report and the abuse types for which it is mandatory to report vary across Australian states and territories. AVERAGE NUMBER OF REPORTS PER CHILD HAS INCREASED The most significant factors in determining re- reporting were: child protection ~ history, ~ age, ~ Indigenous status and OOHC history. Other factors that were also found to significantly increase the likelihood

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Transcript: Child Protection Sarnia Police Game Time Sarnia:-Family support program: if the family is involved with CAS. CAS will go to the home once a week depending on the situation. There go in there maybe to help with parenting skills, whatever their need help with. Their partner up with the St-Clair child and youth services, another family support that their use. If there need go to rebound or counselor this program will help them. The youth Justice act protects a child's right by giving them fair treatment and provides Provide fair punishment morning opportunities for their crime. The goal of the youth justice act is the help guide you to be healthy members of society and to grow into adult that will construct and not distrust. This act also ensures that the youth will get the help they need to make positive and healthy choices. This type of help can be medical, psychological, and disciplinary. However for protecting the children from harm is found under the family Justice Act. The police also work with the families to help guide the child into a safe place they will no longer commit crimes. Windsor:- It really depends on the severity of the situation. If the situation was extremely bad and the family had an open file with us at the agency and no progress was being made with support put in place the children could be apprehended. We would try less intrusive measures if at all possible. They could be referred to our family well being team who are made up of CYW's and can address behavioral issues in the home from cleaning to budget. We also teach a range of parenting groups to address several issues which may be happening . They would also be hooked up with community partners who may also be able to assist in different ways . How much on average does a CYW make in your agency ? Sarnia:-Information could not be provided. Windsor:-An investigation starts with a call to the agency. This call can be anonymous of the caller will sometime provide us with a name. The name given is checked and if the file is open to a worker at the agency the call is given to the worker for follow up. That could result in an investigation if the allegation is severe. If the file is not open to anyone in the organization it goes to intake who will then decide what should happen. A supervisor is consulted and time from for the investigation is decided upon. It could be immediate up to seven days demanding on the allegation. designed by Péter Puklus for Prezi Windsor:- Being involved with family and seeing change and seeing the family grow and become healthy and happy. London:- CAS works closely with the family to provide classes and group support that will help the family stay together. London:- Many programs have been cut such as foster care, parent support groups and this is concerning, not being able to give the children the care and support that they need and deserve. Windsor:- Social work is the primary skill set and then certified Child and Youth Workers. It also helps to be firm yet compassionate. Sarnia-Lambton Children's Aid Society is a trusted ally to families,communities & cultures in creating safe,nurturing environment for children and youth to grow and succeed. Windsor:-if a child is in needs of protection or needs to be moved for a short period all family members are considered and contacted. The last resort would be foster care. The police do not offer a support program for the children and youth in custody however that does not mean they are not involved. The police work hand with agencies that provide support to children and youth going through custody. There is an agency that works with the families going through divorce and helps aid with custody settings of the children and youth involved. The agency is called S.A.P.L and this is an agency that has a building that has building that helps with families where if one parent(visiting parents) can only have supervised custody and visits with the children. The way this building works is the custodial or main custody parents brings the child or youth to the building and exist. Then the visiting parents enter through a separate door and supervised by workers as they interact and spend time with children. This ensures the child is safe from watching their parents fight,and also safe in an event the parents fight, also safe in an event the parents becomes unsafe during a visit. London:- All investigations start with a call from the school, neighbour, family or police. What is your policy for dealing with children in unsafe or unstable homes? What are the standards of a safe environment ? Sarnia:-When you can help the family and see a child remain with the family. What are the steps are in place to keep children in their safe homes ? Sarnia:-It doesn’t really affect this agency. There are able to budget and still offer the services but some of the other agency had to cut their family support. It was all about protection families, so it is really tough. Windsor:-Apprehension is

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Transcript: Alan Pike Blackheath and Thornburgh College Child Protection PD 2020 Introduction Introduction We are committed to enabling families to get the right support at the time that they need it to help them to care for and protect their children. Why? Why? The Child Protection Act 1999 requires certain professionals, referred to as ‘mandatory reporters’, to make a report to Child Safety, if they form a reasonable suspicion that a child has suffered, is suffering or is at an unacceptable risk of suffering significant harm caused by physical or sexual abuse, and may not have a parent able and willing to protect them. Who? Who? Under the Child Protection Act 1999, mandatory reporters are: teachers doctors registered nurses police officers with child protection responsibilities a person performing a child advocate function under the Public Guardian Act 2014 early childhood education and care professionals, from 1 July 2017. Teachers include approved teachers under the Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005, employed at a school. Procedure Do I have to report? QLD Child Protection Guide https://www.csyw.qld.gov.au/about-us/partners/child-family/our-government-partners/queensland-child-protection-guide Online Child Protection Guide (PDF) QLD Child Protection Guide (Tool) Online Tool https://secure.communities.qld.gov.au/cpguide/engine.aspx Under s.365 & s.365A of the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 (Qld) a school staff member must immediately give a written report to the principal or principal’s supervisor when they become aware or reasonably suspect the sexual abuse or likely sexual abuse of a student under 18 years. The principal or supervisor must immediately give a copy of the report to the QPS. Under s.13E of the Child Protection Act 1999 (Qld) a teacher, registered nurse or early childhood education and care professional must give a written report when they reasonably suspect a child has suffered, is suffering or is at risk of suffering significant harm caused by physical or sexual abuse and may not have a parent able and willing to protect the child from harm. How do I report. Procedure QPS Support QPS Examples 1. Section 280 Criminal Code: Domestic Discipline – outlines that its lawful for a parent (or teacher) to provide discipline a child which is reasonable in the circumstances. The threshold for a police investigation is usually when the child has bruising – although a notification to Child Safety is still required for excessive discipline without bruising. If a child has bruising as a result of parental assaults, then a notification is always required. It’s always useful for a police investigation is a photo has been taken, because often times by the time we receive the notification has been received (via child safety) some time has passed. QPS Examples (Continued) 2. Section 364A Criminal Code: Leaving a child under 12 unattended - It is unlawful for a person in charge of the care of a child under 12 to leave the child for an unreasonable amount of time without making reasonable provisions for their supervision. 3. Child on Child assaults: This is not subject to mandatory reporting. Advise the parent/guardian of the child and they can decide whether or not they want a police investigation – UNLESS you think that the child is at significant risk of harm and the parents are not acting protectively. QPS Examples (Continued) 4. Sexting: (Section 228D Criminal Code: Possessing child exploitation material). When children send nude pictures to each other and they are of a similar age, then police will record it as intelligence only (no formal investigation). If the receiver of the nude picture, then forwards it to other children (S228C Distributing child exploitation material), then police will investigate. QPS Examples (Continued) 5. Section 215 Criminal Code: Unlawful Carnal Knowledge – It is unlawful for children under 16 years old to have sex. However, if the children are within 3 or so years of each other, then police do not investigate. QPS Examples (Continued) Resources Resources Child Protection Guide Where? Child Protection Folder. Student Protection Mandatory Reporting Poster ISQ Opportunity to complete the online ISQ Child Protection PD

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