REPORTING AND RESPONDING TO HARM OR RISK OF HARM
Colour Cosmetica Academy shall ensure children and young people are kept safe from harm and risk of harm. All personnel working with children shall be responsible for reporting a reasonable belief that a child or young person has been harmed or is at risk of harm.
What is a ‘reasonable belief’?
A ‘reasonable belief’ is not the same as having proof. A ‘reasonable belief’ is formed if a reasonable person in the same position would have formed the belief on the same grounds. For example, a ‘reasonable belief’ might be formed when:
MANDATED NOTIFIERS IN OUR ORGANISATION ARE PERSONNEL WHO:
Provide a service directly to children and young people or hold a management position in the organization the duties of which include direct responsibility for, or direct supervision of, the provision of those services to children and young people.
Mandated notifiers have a legal obligation to report a reasonable belief that a child or young person has been harmed or is at risk of harm through:
Colour Cosmetica Academy encourages voluntary reporting of suspected harm or risk of harm to children.
All members of Colour Cosmetica Academy shall be supported and encouraged to report the reasonable belief that a child or young person is or may be at risk of harm regardless of whether they are legally obligated to.
The person who identifies the harm is the person to make the report to authorities.
Following a report to authorities, an internal report is to be made to a Child Safety Officer.
If someone in our organisation is reported for causing harm to a child or young person, they will be removed from any role that has contact with children and young people pending an investigation by authorities.
Following a report to authorities, we provide support to the child or young person by:
Any failure to report a reasonable suspicion that a child has or is being harmed or is at risk of harm is in breach of the Child Safe Environments Policy and may result in disciplinary action being initiated against the concerned employee/volunteer.