Whanau Marama – Parenting

 

CHILD ABUSE PREVENTION POLICY

  1. Statement of Commitment

1.1 Commitment to the preventing of abuse of children and young people

Whānau Marama Parenting is committed to the prevention and early detection of abuse and/ or neglect of children and young people. In all interaction with parents we will be guided by the principle that the welfare and interests of the child or young person are the first and paramount consideration.

1.2 Commitment to act if a concern exists

When a parent attending one of the Whanau Marama Parenting courses shares within a group session or personally to the course facilitator, an incident which appears to be a form of physical, emotional or sexual abuse, or neglect, or suspected or potential child abuse and neglect the staff member will as soon as possible consult with their supervisor.

Where there are serious concerns about children’s risk of abuse, a notification will be made to Child, Youth and Family in accordance with Whānau Marama Parenting’s Reporting Process for Suspected Child Abuse. (refer to Business Viability doc.31)

No staff member will deal with incidents of suspected abuse without consultation with their supervisor.

Whānau Marama Parenting ensures that all staff receive appropriate training on identifying child abuse, fully understand their obligation to act in the interests of the child or young person and know what are the next steps to take to report the suspected child abuse.

1.3 What we do to reduce the likelihood of abuse happening

All parents we have contact with are informed of the protections that exist under section 16 of the CYP&F Act 1989 in regard to the reporting to Child Youth and Family all suspected child abuse.

“Section 15: Reporting of ill-treatment or neglect of child or young person – Any person who believes that any child or young person has been, or is likely to be harmed (whether physically, emotionally or sexually), ill treated, abused, neglected, or deprived may report the matter to a Social Worker at Child Youth & Family or a member of the Police.”

Information concerning Whānau Marama Parenting’s commitment to the reporting of suspected child abuse is included in Whānau Marama Parenting’s Information Brochure. (refer to Business Viability doc.44)

1.4 How we work to increase identification of abuse that is occurring

Whānau Marama Parenting informs all parents and caregivers of their policy in relation to the identification and reporting of suspected abuse or neglect of

children or young people. This information is included in Whānau Marama Parenting’s Information Brochure. We also encourage parents who we have contact with to discuss with us any concerns they have about the safety of children and young people in their family.

One of the major reasons for the establishing of the Whānau Marama Parenting Programme is the prevention of abuse and/ or neglect of children and young people. In all Whānau Marama Parenting courses parents and caregivers are taught and receive printed information about positive inductive methods of discipline. All power assertive methods of discipline are discouraged including all punitive strategies.

  1. General Abuse Prevention Activities

2.1 Staff Training

External Training

Whanau Marama Parenting staff and volunteers must attend Child Prevention training by approved Child Prevention training organisations. This ensures that all staff and volunteers have sufficient training and support so that they can give parents advice and information on abuse prevention.

Internal Training

Whanau Marama Parenting ensures that during induction training that all staff and volunteers:

– Know and understand Whānau Marama Parenting’s stated child abuse prevention policy and required procedures.

– Understand their responsibility to act and the legal protection provided under section 16 of the CYP&F Act. (see above)

Whānau Marama Parenting ensures all staff and volunteers have ongoing training available for up-skilling in the area of abuse prevention.

2.2 Staff Coaching and Supervision

Programme Coordinator

Internal weekly supervision is provided on a regular and ongoing basis.

Manager

In addition to one hour weekly supervision, the manager will receive regular and ongoing mentoring from the Programme Coordinator, in all aspects of the delivery of the Whanau Marama Parenting Programme, including any additional knowledge deemed important for his/ her professional growth and development.

Course Facilitators

Supervision will be provided by the Programme Coordinator for one hour once a week. (Additional supervision will be available when required and as the need arises.)

Volunteers

Supervision (which is incorporated into the preplanning and the debriefing of session delivery) will be provided by the Programme Coordinator or the Lead facilitator of the course in which the volunteer is assisting, before and/ or after the delivery of each session. (Additional supervision will be available when required and as the need arises.)

2.3 Resources Supporting Whānau Marama Parenting’s Abuse Prevention Policy and Procedures

– CYFS Everyday Families

– CYFS Everyone has a role in keeping kids safe

– How can I tell? Recognising child abuse. Child Matters CPS

– This is a no hitting place posters

– Hey! We don’t hit anyone here booklets

– Children are Unbeatable – 7 Good reasons not to hit children booklets

2.4 Distribution of Resources to Parents

– Information on Child Abuse Prevention is available in the training room.

– Information on Child Abuse Prevention is included in course folder.

– Information on Child Abuse Prevention is discussed during parenting courses.

2.5 Informing Parents of Whānau Marama Parenting’s Child Abuse Prevention Policy

This information is included in Whānau Marama Parenting’s Information Brochure which is referred to at the beginning of each course. Course participants are them encouraged to take a copy which is readily available on the table in the training room.

2.6 Child Abuse Reporting Protocol (also included in Business Viability file, doc.31)

Child Abuse is suspected > The staff member will as soon as possible consult with their supervisor/programme coordinator.

The documented information is then filed on the X Drive (under Administration in the Child Abuse reporting folder). In all cases where there are serious concerns about children’s risk of abuse, the next step will be followed as soon as possible.

The programme coordinator contact’s Child Youth and Family Service 0508326459 and follows their recommendations. If advised to, complete a referral form to CYFS.