Governance

Last Updated: 11th January 2019

 

Sempo aligns with the principles and approaches set out by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in relation to Child Safeguarding and Diversity and Inclusion approaches.

Child Protection

Sempo has a zero tolerance approach to child exploitation or abuse. Sempo believes that it is the shared responsibility of all adults to prevent child exploitation and abuse and recognises that the nature of our work may result in direct or indirect contact with children.

Definitions

Child:

In accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, ‘child’ means every human being under the age of 18 unless under the law applicable to the child, majority is attained earlier.

Working with Children:

Working with children means being engaged in an activity with a child where the contact would reasonably be expected as a normal part of the activity and the contact is not incidental to the activity. Working includes volunteering or other unpaid works

Contact with Children:

Working on an activity or in a position that involves or may involve contact with children, either under the position description or due to the nature of the work environment

Our Commitments:

All staff, volunteers and interns are required to undertake a Criminal Record Check (or equivalent), a Working with Children Check (or equivalent) and supply two references.

Behavioural based interview questions are required for staff identified as working with children in their role.

Where it is identified that suppliers, contractors, consultants and advisors will have contact with children, they are required to undertake a Working with Children Check (or equivalent) and read and comply with our Child Protection Code of Conduct. Sempo will not proceed with employment of a person who poses an unacceptable risk.

When photographing or filming a child or using children’s images for work-related purposes:

We obtain informed consent from the parent/guardian (over the age of 18) of a child prior to photographing or filming a child and inform them of how the material will be used.

We take care to ensure local traditions or restrictions for reproducing personal images are adhered to before photographing or filming a child

We ensure photographs, films, videos and DVDs present children in a dignified and respectful manner and not in a vulnerable or submissive manner.

We ensure images are honest representations of the context and the facts

We ensure file labels, meta data or text descriptions do not reveal identifying information about a child when sending images electronically or publishing images in any form.

Child Protection Code of Conduct:

Person’s employed by Sempo (in a voluntary or paid capacity) whose role includes working or contact with children are expected to adhere to the following behaviours while they are performing those duties:

  • treat all children with respect
  • not use language or behaviour towards children that is inappropriate, harassing, abusive, sexually provocative, demeaning or culturally inappropriate
  • not engage children under the age of 18 in any form of sexual intercourse or sexual activity,including paying for sexual services
  • wherever possible, ensure that another adult is present when working near children
  • not invite unaccompanied children into private residences, unless they are at immediate risk of injury or in physical danger
  • not sleep close to unsupervised children unless absolutely necessary, in which case the supervisor’s permission must be obtained, and ensuring that another adult is present if possible (noting that this does not apply to an individual’s own children)
  • never use any computers, mobile phones, video cameras, cameras or social media to exploit or harass children, or access child exploitation material through any medium
  • not use physical punishment on children
  • not hire children for domestic or other labour: which is inappropriate given their age or developmental stage; which interferes with their time available for education and recreational activities; or which places them at significant risk of injury
  • comply with all relevant Australian and local legislation, including labour laws in relation to child labour
  • immediately report concerns or allegations of child exploitation and abuse and policy non-compliance in accordance with appropriate procedures
  • immediately disclose all charges, convictions and other outcomes of an offence that relates to child exploitation and abuse, including those under traditional law, which occurred before or occurs during association with Sempo
  • be aware of behaviour and avoid actions or behaviours that could be perceived by others as child exploitation and abuse

Diversity and Inclusion statement

Sempo celebrates diversity and strives to foster an environment which promotes the inclusion of all people.

Diversity relates to sex, gender, age, language, ethnicity, cultural background, disability, sexual orientation, intersex status, religious beliefs, educational level, professional skills, work experience, socio-economic background, career obligations and/or other factors that make us unique. An employee’s family, carer and other responsibilities, and the need to balance these with work, also contributes to the diversity of our workforce. We recognise people may identify with multiple diversity groups.

Our commitments:

  • Equitable and transparent hiring practices;
  • Equitable and transparent partnering practices.
  • Ensuring staff are appropriately trained in diversity and inclusion principles and;
  • Support for employees to balance work, personal, cultural and other responsibilities.