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Child Safety policy

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Section 1 - Preamble

(1) This Policy was approved by the Vice-Chancellor on 9 July 2017.

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Section 2 - Purpose

(2) This Policy outlines the University's commitment to promoting the wellbeing and safety of children connected to the University community.

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Section 3 - Scope

(3) This Policy applies to all students, staff and associates of the University.

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Section 4 - Policy

(4) The University acknowledges that children are part of the University community as students, visitors and through the University’s community engagement and school outreach activities. Children may also be involved in research projects subject to appropriate consent.

(5) The University is committed to child safety and promoting children’s best interests, including the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and the safety of children with a disability.

(6) The University does not tolerate child abuse, will continue to integrate strategies to reduce child abuse risks into its practices and will effectively respond to any child abuse allegations.

(7) The University requires staff and associates whose roles involve potential direct contact with children as part of their duties to obtain and maintain a Working with Children Check. The University will publish Working with Children Check Guidelines to provide information on obtaining, maintaining and recording information on Working with Children Checks.

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Section 5 - Procedure

(8) Refer to the Underage Student Management policy regarding students under 18 years of age.

(9) Refer to the Child Safety and Child Abuse Response and Reporting procedure regarding responding to and reporting concerns about child safety.

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Section 6 - Definitions

(10) For the purpose of this Policy:

  1. associates: contractors, consultants, volunteers, visiting appointees and visitors to the University.
  2. child: a person under the age of 18 years
  3. child abuse: includes sexual abuse, physical abuse or violence, serious psychological or emotional abuse and serious neglect
  4. staff: members of the academic or professional staff, executive or honorary staff
  5. student: as defined in section 3 Deakin University Act 2009 (Vic) means: (a) a person enrolled at the University in a course leading to a degree or other award; or (b) a person designated as a student or who is of a class of persons designated as students by the Council.