Child Safety Code of Conduct

All paid and unpaid staff, including volunteers, interns or trainees of Schools Industry Partnership are responsible for the safety and wellbeing of children and young people who engage with Schools Industry Partnership. All paid and unpaid staff are expected to act in accordance with this Code of Conduct in their physical and online interactions with children and young people under the age of 18 years.

 I will:

  • Act in accordance with Schools Industry Partnership child safety and wellbeing policies and procedures at all times.
  • Behave respectfully, courteously and ethically towards children and young people and their families and towards other staff.
  • Listen and respond to the views and concerns of children and young people, particularly if they communicate (verbally or non-verbally) that they do not feel safe or well.
  • Promote the human rights, safety and wellbeing of all children and young people in Schools Industry Partnership.
  • Demonstrate appropriate personal and professional boundaries.
  • Consider and respect the diverse backgrounds and needs of children and young people.
  • Create an environment that promotes and enables children and young people’s participation and is welcoming, culturally safe and inclusive for all children and young people and their families.
  • Involve children and young people in making decisions about activities, policies and processes that concern them wherever possible.
  • Contribute, where appropriate, to Schools Industry Partnership’s policies, discussions, learning and reviews about child safety and wellbeing.
  • Identify and mitigate risks to children and young people’s safety and wellbeing as required by Schools Industry Partnership’s risk assessment and management policy or process.
  • Respond to any concerns or complaints of child harm or abuse promptly and in line with Schools Industry Partnership’s policy and procedure for receiving and responding to complaints.
  • Report all suspected or disclosed child harm or abuse as required by relevant legislation:
    • the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (NSW) (the Care and Protection Act);
    • the Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012 (NSW) (the WWC Act); and
    • the Ombudsman Act 1974 (NSW) (the Ombudsman Act).,
  • Comply with all relevant legislation including but not limited to:
    • the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 (NSW) (the Care and Protection Act);
    • the Child Protection (Working With Children) Act 2012 (NSW) (the WWC Act); and
    • the Ombudsman Act 1974 (NSW) (the Ombudsman Act).

I will NOT:

  • Engage in any unlawful activity with or in relation to a child or young person.
  • Engage in any activity that is likely to physically, sexually or emotionally harm a child or young person.
  • Unlawfully discriminate against any child or young person or their family members.
  • Be alone with a child or young person unnecessarily.
  • Arrange personal contact, including online contact, with children and young people I am working with for a purpose unrelated to Schools Industry Partnership’s
  • Disclose personal or sensitive information about a child or young person through any means whatsoever, including images of a child or young person, unless the young person, child and their parent or legal guardian consent or unless I am required to do so by Schools Industry Partnership’s policy and procedure on reporting.
  • Use inappropriate language in the presence of children and young people, or show or provide children and young people with access to inappropriate images or material through any means whatsoever.
  • Work with children and young people while under the influence of alcohol or prohibited drugs.
  • Ignore or disregard any suspected or disclosed child harm or abuse.

If I think this Code of Conduct has been breached by another person in Schools Industry Partnership I will:

  • Act to prioritise the best interests of children and young people.
  • Take actions promptly to ensure that children and young people are safe.
  • Promptly report any concerns to my manager, Schools Industry Partnership’s Chief Executive Officer or another manager, leader or the Chairperson of the Board or a member of the Board in Schools Industry Partnership.
  • Follow Schools Industry Partnership’s policies and procedures for receiving and responding to complaints and concerns.
  • Comply with legislative requirements on reporting if relevant, and with Schools Industry Partnership’s policy and procedure on internal and external reporting.