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Aims and Responsibilities

As an introduction to your child protection policy it is important that you set the context by documenting some information about the policy (or collection of policies), and its intentions:

•    Objective
•    Related Documents
•    Scope
•    Principles
•    Definitions
•    Specific Organisation Requirements
•    Responsibilities
•    Review

What is the overall objective of this child protection policy?

Examples of Policy Statement:
     The safety of the child is our prime consideration at all times.

Related Documents:
What other documents relate to this child protection policy?  Identify and list all the policies that your organisation already has which must be linked into this document. Identify and list any resources, legislation or agreements that will be relevant to this child protection policy.

Examples of Policy Statements:

The child protection policy is to be used in conjunction with the following existing policies:
•    Complaints Policy
•    Human Resource Guide
•    Transport Policy
•    Lifting and Transfer of Students Policy
•    Safe Recruitment Policy

This child protection policy adheres to the following Acts:
•    Health and Disability Commissioner Act 1994
•    Children Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989
•    Privacy Act 1993
•    Human Rights Act 1993
•    Education Act 1989/1998
•    Domestic Violence Act 1995
•    Care of Children Act 2004
•    Employment Relations Act 2000
•    Child Young Person and their Families Act 1989
•    Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights

Who does this child protection policy apply to?  Identify which children and adults are covered by it.

Examples of Policy Statements:

This policy applies to all children who are clients of this organisation, and to those with whom personnel come into contact in the course of their work with {your organisation}.

It applies to staff, volunteers and management of {your organisation}.

It also applies to any contracted personnel providing support services to families and members, (including child care), and to those providing support services to staff.

Clearly state the definitions that your organisation uses in describing child abuse, ages of children or any other terms to be used in the child protection policy.

Examples of Policy Statement:
A child is defined as anyone under the age of 18.

An adult receiving a service a result of their deafness or disability could be regarded as a ‘vulnerable adult’ and thereby also covered by this policy.

'Staff' is defined as those who are employed directly by or volunteer for, {your organisation}, as well as staff and volunteers of partner organisations whilst they are working with children and young people in the care or supervision of {your organisation}.

The person, or persons, who hold the responsibility for child protection, and therefore this policy, within your organisation should be named. This function should be carried by someone who has the ability within your organisation to implement change and the authority to influence the principles of your organisation. This function can be referred to as the Designated Person for Child Protection or the Child Protection Co-ordinator, or some other easily identified title to ensure that the person carrying this functioned is easily identified by staff, volunteers and parents or whānau.
Note: It should have been agreed who was responsible as part of Plan and Prepare. 

How often will the child protection policy and all the sub policies that it contains be reviewed? This must be recorded on the Policy.

Example of Policy Statement:
The child protection policy and all its sub policies and related policies, will be reviewed annually.