Clifton Street Children’s Centre Philosophy
At Clifton Street CC we believe that every child has the right to be heard. As educators we have the responsibility to respond and support their growth and development.
We strive to deliver a program that is inclusive and accessible to all children. We believe children thrive in an environment that encourages their individuality and fosters a sense of agency.
The Clifton Street CC team is dedicated to the health and wellbeing of all children in their care. Decision-making is based on the holistic best interests of the child. Promoting a sense of identity, and belonging is integral to who we are. Professional development and further education supports the implementation of a creative and respectful program.
We are proud of our diverse, professional team who encourage strong, open relationships with families. Families are an integral part of our centre community and their contribution and collaboration is extremely valued. We believe it is essential to work in partnership with families for to know them is to understand their child.
We believe it is important to engage with the local community as this not only raises the profile of our service, but fosters a sense of purpose and pride within the children and our team.
We hope that each child’s experience at Clifton Street CC will prepare them to be confident, enthusiastic lifelong learners with an appreciation of the world around them.
Child Safety Statement
The wellness and wellbeing of the children at Clifton Street Children’s Centre is our number one priority, we have a zero tolerance of Child abuse.
What is Child Abuse?
There are four different types of child abuse:
- physical abuse
- sexual abuse
- emotional abuse
Child abuse can be a single incident, or can be a number of different incidents that take place over time.
Under the Child Protection Act 1999, it does not matter how much a child is harmed, but whether a child:
- has suffered harm, is suffering harm, or is at risk of suffering harm
- does not have a parent able and willing to protect them from harm
Harm is defined as any detrimental effect of a significant nature on the child's physical, psychological or emotional wellbeing (section 9 of the Child Protection Act 1999). For harm to be significant, the detrimental effect on a child's wellbeing must be substantial or serious, more than transitory and must be demonstrable in the child's presentation, functioning or behaviour.
Our commitment to children’s safety
The education team have a duty of care to provide a safe, secure environment where all children including Indigenous, those with a disability and culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) feel empowered, happy and supported. We are committed to ensuring all children are safe and free from harm. As a means of prevention, a child protection policy has been developed to guide practices if suspicions of child abuse arise. Recruitment procedures are in place ensuring we employ suitably qualified candidates who are screened, reference checked and must hold a current working with children check. All students are also screened. Staff professional standards detail the level of conduct expected from all employees. Mandatory child protection training takes place annually, a requirement for all staff.
As per the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child States (Article 4); The service will undertake all appropriate legislative, administrative, and other measures for the implementation of the rights recognized in the present Convention.