Equal Employment Opportunity, Anti-Discrimination and Child Protection
Equal Employment Opportunity and Anti-Discrimination
All Outback Links volunteers are responsible for providing a working environment free of bullying, harassment, or unfair discrimination. Voluntary workers who become aware of harassment of others should:
- Tell the Outback Links Manager and approach their co-worker to offer support and assistance.
- Provide advice and assistance in making an informal or formal complaint.
- Encourage and support the co-worker to confront the harasser and reject the behaviour. If this is not possible, seek the assistance of the Outback Links Volunteer Manager.
- Many people don’t realise that harassment is simply the fact that the victim feels harassed.
- This can occur in ways that are not always obvious.
Examples may be:
- Being paternal to a younger person and telling them what they should be doing with their life as if they were your child.
- Questioning someone about their family/cultural background.
- Simply taking over and doing things your way can make someone else feel belittled and threatened.
As an Outback Links volunteer you must abide by conduct which supports child protection, including:
- To support all efforts to remove any form of abuse in the communities Outback Links serves and to encourage a safe and supportive environment
- To focus on and encourage children’s efforts and performance
- To raise any issues or concerns with Frontier Services staff
- To not treat any child or young person in an unfair, unjust, or discriminatory manner
- To not smoke or drink alcohol or use illicit substances while working with children and when on breaks to use common sense in observing and noting the family or individual’s practices
- To not use language or behavior towards children that is inappropriate, harassing, abusive, sexually provocative, demeaning or culturally inappropriate
- Volunteers (anyone not related to the child) not to be left alone with farmer children, people 17yrs and below
- To not use physical punishment on children
- Take immediate and appropriate action should an incident be reported.
- Store any medication safely so as not to be accessible to any child on the property
- Follow confidentiality guidelines
Child Protection - Mandatory Reporting
Mandatory reporting is the legal requirement for certain classes of people to report to government authorities any suspected cases of child neglect and abuse.
Even if you are not categorised by law as a mandatory reporter, if you have grounds to suspect that a child is at risk of significant harm, report your concerns.
For advice on how to report:
- Call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800; or
- Lifeline on 13 11 14.
If you believe a child is in immediate danger call Police on 000.