Commitment to Child Safe Standards

We know that children learn best when they feel safe and are safe. Children’s safety and wellbeing is central to the work of ELAA in its many capacities. As a peak body for early childhood education services, ELAA plays a leadership role in child safety.

ELAA’s commitment:

  • The safety and wellbeing of children will always be our first priority; it is fundamental to their ability to learn and develop.
  • We are committed to the participation and empowerment of all children.
  • We support and respect all children and uphold their rights to feel and be safe at all times.
  • We have zero tolerance of child abuse. All allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently with our robust policies and procedures.
  • We follow our duty of care and legal obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety.
  • Our organisation is committed to preventing child abuse, identifying risks early, and removing and reducing these risks.
  • Our organisation has robust human resources and recruitment practices for all staff, contractors and volunteers.
  • We will ensure that there is an appropriate screening process for all Board members, staff, contractors and volunteers and that they have a current Working With Children Check (WWCC) or that they have a current registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching.
  • Our organisation is committed to regularly training and educating Board members, staff, contractors and volunteers on child abuse risks and how to interact and behave with children.
  • We are committed to providing and promoting safe environments for all children, including vulnerable children, where they feel safe.
  • We are committed to providing and promoting the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds.
  • We will ensure that Board members, staff, contractors and volunteers understand the process for reporting any child safety issues and are supported by ELAA’s appointed Child Safety Officer.
  • We are committed to ensuring that Board members, staff, contractors and volunteers understand that child safety is everyone’s responsibility.
  • We promote our commitment to Child Safe Standards and support our members to maintain the standards.

ELAA values are demonstrated through this statement:

Excellence: ELAA is a champion of child safe standards and is committed to their exemplary implementation. .

Learning: Children learn best when they feel safe and secure.

Inclusive: Our commitment to providing and promoting safe environments for all children.

Enabling: We support organisations to empower children. We support organisations to succeed in the implementation of the standards and in the protection of the best interests of children.

Integrity: We act with integrity at all times by putting the children’s best interests first.

Respect: We respect the rights and the voice of children.