Duyfken Child Protection Policy
We actively seek to encourage children to visit the Duyfken and it is essential we provide a safe environment for them while visiting the ship. We are also required to ensure this environment complies with all relevant Federal and State legislation.
Children who visit the Duyfken are to be accorded the same respect and courtesy we give to adult visitors. At all times volunteers should be aware of the Duyfken Foundations policy.
This document outlines the general guidelines and procedures relating to children visiting the Duyfken regarding Child Protection.
Volunteer guides are required to comply with the Guidelines on Working with Children that form part of this policy.
Working with Children Check and Federal Police Check
In December 2004, the Western Australian State Government introduced new legislation which is referred to as the Working with Children Check.
The Working with Children Check involves employers checking someone's background when they are working in "children-related" employment that primarily involves direct, unsupervised contact with children.
Federal Police checks are completed for all volunteer guides working in any industry.
Volunteer Guides who have direct, unsupervised contact with children in the normal course of their duties are to submit a copy of their Working with Children, National Clearance and Child Protection Policy.
Reporting Inappropriate Behavior
Should any volunteer observe any inappropriate behavior involving children they are to report it to their Volunteer Manager immediately.
Guidelines on Working with Children
The following guidelines detail the Duyfken Foundation’s expectations of all volunteer guides who have contact with children in the course of their duties.
- Avoid physical contact with children in the workplace unless there is a legitimate reason for such contact except for the child’s own safety and welfare whether it be administering first aid, removing a child from impending danger, holding the hand of a lost distressed toddler, comforting a highly distressed child in a disaster situation, supporting the arm of a child with a disability so they can touch an interactive display.
- Volunteer guides may use non - invasive physical greetings commonly accepted in the community if this is initiated by the child by shaking hands, high five with hands. Young children or children with an intellectual disability may attempt to initiate more intimate greetings such as hugging, but volunteer guides are to sensitively discourage this by comments such as “we don’t know each other very well, how about we shake hands”.
- Never use physical force or restraint on a child unless this is necessary for the child’s immediate safety or to prevent immediate physical safety to them or others. In such emergencies physical force or restraint should only be to the extent necessary to prevent serious harm from occurring.
- If volunteer guides are confronted with a situation of an older child threatening to harm others or wielding a weapon, volunteers are advised to seek immediate assistance (from Police) rather than attempt to disarm the child.
- Volunteer guides are to take all measures required to ensure they are not alone with a child in any location that is not in visual contact by another adult unless there is a legitimate reason for doing so for the child's own safety and welfare. First Aid should be administered in the presence of another adult preferably one known to the child unless it is an emergency and the delay in getting another adult would jeopardize the child’s safety.
- Never remove an item of clothing from a child’s body unless this is necessary for child’s immediate safety to prevent serious harm only to administer emergency first aid
- In the presence of colleagues or consumers/customers including children avoid swearing and any language that is derogatory towards others. Such language is not acceptable in the workplace.
- Volunteer guides are required to contribute to the protection of children in the workplace by reporting inappropriate behavior, misconduct or criminal activity involving children to their Volunteer Manager.