All staff, volunteers and members of The Australian Nanny Association are required to observe child safe principles and expectations for appropriate behaviour towards and in the company of children, as noted below.
All members of The Australian Nanny Association are responsible for supporting the safety, participation, wellbeing and empowerment of children by:
- adhering to The Australian Nanny Association child safe policy at all times / upholding The Australian Nanny Association Codes of Conduct at all times.
- taking all reasonable steps to protect children from abuse.
- treating everyone with respect.
- listening and responding to the views and concerns of children, particularly if they are telling you that they or another child has been abused and/or are worried about their safety or the safety of another.
- promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of Aboriginal children (for example, by never questioning an Aboriginal child’s self-identification).
- promoting the cultural safety, participation and empowerment of children with culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds (for example, by having a zero tolerance of discrimination).
- promoting the safety, participation and empowerment of children with a disability (for example, during personal care activities).
- reporting any allegations of child abuse to The Australian Nanny Association Executive Committee, and ensure any allegation to reported to the police or child protection reporting agency in your state.
- reporting any child safety concerns to The Australian Nanny Association Executive Committee.
- if an allegation of child abuse is made, ensure as quickly as possible that the child(ren) are safe.
- encouraging children to have a say and participate in all relevant members activities where possible, especially on issues that are important to them.
Staff, members and volunteers must not:
- exhibit behaviours with children which may be construed as unnecessarily physical .
- put children at risk of abuse (for example, by locking doors).
- do things of a personal nature that a child can do for themselves, such as toileting or changing clothes.
- engage in open discussions of a mature or adult nature in the presence of children .
- use inappropriate language in the presence of children.
- express personal views on cultures, race or sexuality in the presence of children.
- discriminate against any child, including because of culture, race, ethnicity or disability.
- ignore or disregard any suspected or disclosed child abuse.
By observing these standards you acknowledge your responsibility to immediately report any breach of this code to Australian Nanny Association Executive Committee.