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Eureka Community Kindergarten Association Inc

Child Safety Statement

ECKA’s purpose, Enriching children’s lives through learning, can only be achieved where children and their families are in education and care environments that are safe, welcoming and inclusive; and when children’s health safety and wellbeing is protected at all times.

Importantly, children must not only be safe but also feel safe.

The welfare of children in ECKA services is at all times our priority and ECKA has a zero tolerance to child abuse.

ECKA operates under a range of legislative, policy and procedural requirements that prioritise the safety of children as paramount at all times, and these are available on the ECKA website, at the ECKA office, and ECKA services.

ECKA encourages all children, families, employees and others involved with ECKA services to participate in regular evaluation and review of policies and practices, or at any time provide feedback, anonymously if desired, via the ECKA website, at the ECKA office or ECKA service. At all times, any complaints or concerns about child safety will be treated with the highest priority.

Statement of Commitment

ECKA is committed to the rights of all children to feel safe, and be safe at all times, including:

Promoting the cultural safety of Aboriginal children.

Promoting the cultural safety of children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Promoting the safety of children with a disability.

Valuing, respecting and caring for children.

Proactively sharing information with relevant authorities to promote the wellbeing and/or safety of a child or a group of children, consistent with their best interests.

Empowering children’s voices by fostering opportunities for each child to participate, express their views, and to learn and develop.

Taking all reasonable steps to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of children at all times, whilst also promoting their learning and development.

Actively managing the risks of abuse or harm to each child. Including fulfilling our duty of care and legal obligations to protect children and prevent any reasonable, foreseeable risk of injury or harm.

Always acting in the best interests of each child and have zero tolerance of child abuse.

Continuously improving the way our services identify risks of/and responds to child abuse, encourages reporting and improved responses to allegations of abuse.

Promoting the safety of trans and gender diverse children and their families in ECEC settings.

Ensuring that LGBTIQ+ children and families feel included.

Acknowledgment
to Country

ECKA acknowledges the First Nations People as the Traditional Owners of the lands, water and resources of the countries that ECKA works and resides upon. We say thank you for sharing your connections and pay respect to their elders of the past, present and emerging. ECKA pays respect to the central place in education that Aboriginal cultural holds and says thank you.

Painting Description: The lines within the painting represent the individual journey the children and teachers have taken to get here today. In the middle of the painting is a campfire where the teachers provide food and water for the children. The symbols on either side represent the teachers and the learning that occurs with the children.

Indigenous Preschool Advancement Strategy (IPAS) Artwork “Cared for” Painting created by Albert Fagan, Wadawurrung Traditional Owner

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