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Children and Young People

At Edmund Rice Camps Victoria we are continuously seeking to engage in best practice which works to prevent and minimise the risk of harm to children and adults who engage with any services delivered by, or in collaboration with Edmund Rice Camps Victoria. We seek to ensure that all those who hold a duty of care for children and vulnerable adults are aware of their responsibilities to respond to safety concerns that arise.

ERCVIC's Safeguarding Principles

Zero Tolerance

ERCS strictly prohibits all forms of abuse against all individuals. ERCS maintains a zero-tolerance of
inaction regarding any form of abuse, harassment, or exploitation.

committed leadership

Members of leadership work collaboratively to embed safeguarding within the organisation’s culture.
This is vital as it drives the development of a strong culture and sets a clear precedent for others.

Diversity Respected

All individuals are unique and will be treated equally and fairly. The views of children and others are highly valued. Everyone has the right to feel safe and be safe regardless of any diversie factors. These factors may include socioeconomic status, nationality, sexuality,
gender, culture, race, ethnicity, beliefs, health, or any other status.

Professional Responses

All concerns regarding the safety, development, health or well-being of a child or adult will be managed
with a high degree of professionalism. At all times, matters will be responded to impartially and promptly,
and appropriate confidentiality will always be maintained.

Shared Responsibility

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, and collective community
responses are required to ensure a safe culture is fostered and maintained across ERCS. All ERCVIC staff and volunteers are committeed to the safety and protection of children and adults. 

Accountability and transparency

ERCS will maintain transparent safeguarding operations. ERCS will create opportunities for others to
experience and understand internal safeguarding systems. ERCS is accountable to all who engage with
any service provision, any partners and the broader communities where our services operate.

By working to uphold these principles and/or rights, we are seeking to recognise and demonstrate genuine respect for the inherent value, dignity, and worth of all. Through this commitment, we are also demonstrating respect for basic human rights as this is the cornerstone of developing strong communities in which every member feels safe and secure, together with a having a sense of connectedness and belonging. Further details can be found in our safeguarding policy. 

For more information regarding Child Safeguarding or to raise a concern, please contact Jennifer Lewis - Safeguarding Director, Edmund Rice Community Services on 0438 917 505 or

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