Commitment Statement

 

At this hospital we recognize that family violence across the life span is a complex and serious community issue, most commonly experienced by women and their children.  It has both immediate and long-term impacts on the physical, psychological and social health and wellbeing of those affected.

 

As a health service we are in a unique position to identify people at risk, sensitively enquire if we can help and make referrals to specialist family violence services if required. By doing so we will help to reduce the incidence of family violence and its impact on individuals, families, the community and the health system.

 

We will support our staff both professionally and personally in relation to family violence to ensure their wellbeing and safety.

 

Our vision is a future where our community is free from family violence and where healthy, respectful relationships between women and men are the norm. As a hospital we can make a significant contribution to achieving this vision and contribute to changing behaviours and community attitudes through our clinical practices, education and advocacy programs.

 

Bass Coast Health is committed to child safety

We want children to be safe, happy and empowered.

We support and respect all children, as well as our staff and volunteers.

We are committed to the safety, participation and empowerment of all children.

We have zero tolerance of child abuse, and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently with our robust policies and procedures.

We have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow rigorously.

Our organisation is committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early, and removing and reducing these risks.

Our organisation has robust human resources and recruitment practices for all staff and volunteers.

Our organisation is committed to regularly training and educating our staff and volunteers on child abuse risks.

We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children; the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds; and providing a safe environment for children with a disability.

We have specific policies, procedures and training in place that support our leadership team, staff and volunteers to achieve these commitments.

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