Introduction

Kiddyrock is a child safe organisation. We are committed to the care, safety and well being of all children. We aim to provide a high quality music education and entertainment service to the community that supports children of all abilities to be themselves, make friends and have fun. The Kiddyrock mission is to develop a lifelong love of music and learning in children.

Respect and Empowerment

We strongly believe all children have the right to feel happy, safe and empowered.  A culture of respect and support is understood and accepted by everyone at Kiddyrock.  We treat all children with respect as well as our staff and volunteers.

Diversity

We value diversity and invite children from all cultural and family backgrounds to our music classes, performances and events.  We are committed to providing an accessible and safe environment and welcome children with a disability.

Our commitment to children

  • We commit to the safety and wellbeing of all children enrolled in our programs or attending a Kiddyrock performance or event

  • We commit to providing a positive and nurturing experience for children

  • We commit to listening to and empowering children, taking their views seriously and addressing any issues they have

  • We commit to taking action to ensure children are protected from abuse and harm

Our commitment to parents and guardians

  • We commit to communicating honestly and openly with parents and guardians about the wellbeing and safety of their children

  • We commit to engaging with and listening to the views of parents and carers about our child safe policies and procedures

  • We commit to acknowledging the cultural diversity of families and children

  • We commit to continuously reviewing our child safety policies and code of conduct to protect children from abuse

Our commitment to staff 

  • We commit to providing staff and volunteers with the necessary support to fulfill their role

  • We commit to listening to all concerns of staff, volunteers and contractors about the safety and wellbeing of children

  • We commit to providing regular opportunities for staff to clarify and confirm policies and procedures in relation to the safety and well being of the children in their care

  • All staff and volunteers are required to sign a statement acknowledging Kiddyrock’s commitment to Child Safety and Code of Conduct

Recruitment of staff and volunteers 

  • All staff and volunteers are thoroughly vetted through our recruitment and training procedures that include interviews, supervised class observations, supervised class trials, a thorough performance history and reference check

  •  All staff and volunteers are required to provide and maintain a current WWC. We regularly review the status of staff and volunteers WWC

  • All staff and volunteers are required to comply with Kiddyrocks child safety policies and procedures and adhere to our code of conduct

Reporting a child safety concern or complaint 

Any parent, guardian, member of staff or other concerned person may report their concerns directly to leadership via ally@kiddyrock.com or 0410801160.

Kiddyrock will investigate any and all concerns thoroughly and report back to the complainant with findings. If anyone believes a child is in immediate danger you should call 000.

 Kiddyrock is committed to the prevention of abuse and to the wellbeing of children and their families.

We have developed a code of conduct with a focus on creating positive interactions and environments for healthy development.

Code of Conduct

Kiddyrock Staff are responsible for: 

• Ensuring that all children being educated and cared for at Kiddyrock classes, performances or events are protected from harm and any hazard likely to cause injury

Providing an environment that encourages positive interactions and supports constructive feedback from children, parents and carers

• Ensuring that parents/guardians or other adults participating in the program, are not placed in a situation where they are left alone with a child that is not theirs

• Respecting individual abilities, needs, cultural practices and beliefs in all interactions, both verbal and non-verbal.

• encouraging children to ‘have a say’ and participate in all relevant  organisational activities where possible, especially on issues that are important to them.

• 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

• Contacting Police in an emergency situation where it is believed that there is an immediate risk (e.g. when violence has been threatened or perpetrated)

• Taking all reasonable steps to protect children from abuse

• 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

• Reporting any allegations of child abuse to Kiddyrock Leadership

• If an allegation of child abuse is made, ensure as quickly as possible that the child(ren) are safe

 Kiddyrock staff MUST NOT:

• Develop any ‘special’ relationships with children that could be seen as favouritism (for example, the offering of gifts or special treatment for specific children)

• Exhibit behaviours with children, which may be construed as unnecessarily physical (for example inappropriate sitting on laps. Sitting on laps could be appropriate sometime, for example while reading a storybook to a small child in an open plan area)

• 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 (for example, personal social activities)

• 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 or because of culture, race, ethnicity or disability

• Have contact with a child or their family outside of our organisation. Accidental contact, such as seeing people in the street, is appropriate)

• 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 Kiddyrock Management .

 If you believe a child is at immediate risk of abuse phone 000

 Kiddyrock Staff and volunteers commit to: 

• Being a positive role model at all times

• Encouraging children to express themselves and their opinions

• Allowing children to undertake experiences that develop self-reliance and self-esteem

• Maintaining a safe environment for children

• Respecting the rights of all children

• Contributing to a service environment that is free from discrimination, bullying and harassment

• Speaking to children in an encouraging and positive manner

• Listening actively to children and offering empathy and support

• Giving each child positive guidance and encouraging appropriate behaviour

• Regarding all children equally, and with respect and dignity

• Having regard to the cultural values, age, physical and intellectual development, and abilities of each child

• Providing opportunities for children to interact and develop respectful and positive relationships with each other, and with other staff members and volunteers at each service

• Informing children if physical contact is required for any purpose, and asking them if they are comfortable with this interaction

• Ensuring all interactions with children are undertaken in full view of other adults

• Respecting the confidential nature of information gained about each child while participating in the programs.