Standard Four

Equity is promoted and diversity is respected

Equity is upheld and diverse needs respected in policy and practice

4.1 The entity actively anticipates children’s diverse circumstances and backgrounds, and provides support and responds effectively to those who are vulnerable.

4.1.1 The entity’s Child Safeguarding Policy [refer to Indicator 1.1.1] and practices reflect an understanding and identification, of diverse circumstances and experiences that increase a child’s vulnerability to abuse.

4.1.2 The entity’s Complaints Handling Policy [refer to Criterion 6.1] and practices demonstrate an understanding of barriers that prevent children from disclosing abuse and barriers for adults recognising and/or responding to disclosures, and articulates processes that reduce barriers to disclosure.

4.2 All children have access to information, support and complaints processes in ways that are culturally safe, accessible and easy to understand.

4.2.1 The entity produces child friendly material in accessible language and formats that promotes inclusion and informs all children of the support and complaints processes available to them.

4.3 The entity pays particular attention to the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, children with disability, and children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, those who are unable to live at home, and children of diverse sexuality.

4.3.1 The entity’s Child Safeguarding Policy [refer to Indicator 1.1] and practices reflect attitudes and behaviours that respect the human rights of all children and are inclusive and responsive to diverse needs.

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