AHL places fundamental importance on the safety, welfare and wellbeing of children and young people staying at our hostels.
As well as having a duty of care to ensure that we take all steps necessary to prevent harm to children in our care, AHL and its employees have obligations under child protection and other relevant legislation.
AHL has developed a new Child Protection Framework which includes policies, procedures and advice on dealing with issues of abuse and child protection. Based on recent recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutionalised Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the new Framework will put AHL at the leading edge of preventing and responding to all forms of abuse against children.
With an initial focus on secondary education, training commenced in late June 2017 for all staff in AHL’s nine secondary education hostels.
This is an important area of AHL’s work which will ensure that the organisation continues to provide an environment in which children and young people feel safe and are protected from any form of abuse, violence, injury, neglect or exploitation.
A new guide, Protecting Children in our Care, outlines AHL’s commitment to child protection in more detail for interested parents, students and community members.