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Safeguarding

Safeguarding vulnerable people from abuse, neglect and exploitation is at the heart of Cahoots policies and procedures. Our workforce is trained in protecting the welfare and human rights of our participants at all times whilst following the NDIS guidelines in choice and control.  

Our Safeguarding Vision

One of Cahoots core values is Trust, and we strive to ensure we have a reliable team, committed to providing safe, quality services for our participants. Protecting the children and adults in our care from harm is our priority and we are committed to creating a culture of safety where all participants’ right to freedom of expression, self-determination and decision making are respected. 

Our Safeguarding Standards

Cahoots considers any form of abuse towards a child or adult, inclusive of emotional, physical, sexual abuse or neglect, as intolerable under any circumstances.

Cahoots has a legal, moral and mission-driven responsibility to protect children, young people and adults at risk from harm and to ensure that any incidents of suspected abuse are promptly and appropriately managed.

Our Safeguarding Responsibilities

Cahoots and all of its Board Directors, staff and volunteers have a legal, moral and mission-driven responsibility to:

  • Protect children and adults at risk from all forms of abuse, bullying and exploitation
  • Create and maintain a child safe culture that is understood, endorsed and put into action by all the individuals who work for, volunteer, govern or access a Cahoots program or service
  • Acknowledge that protecting children and adults at risk is everyone’s business
  • Manage behaviour of all our participants in an appropriate and safe manner

We believe that every participant has a right to receive services from Cahoots without threat, intimidation or abuse from its staff, volunteers, contractors, other members or any other person.

We understand we have a responsibility to ensure that no participant is neglected or exploited by staff, volunteers, contractors, other members or any other person.

We will act to protect our participants, staff and volunteers and to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation and we will uphold the legal and human rights of our participants, staff and volunteers.

How we keep people at risk safe

To ensure we maintain our responsibilities, we will:

  • Put in place a management structure that supports and develops staff in their roles.
  • Provide all Cahoots Staff and Volunteers with the necessary support to enable them to fulfil their roles. This will include regular and appropriate development and supervision.
  • Provide regular opportunities to clarify and confirm the policy and procedures in relation to the protection and welfare of children and adults at risk. This will include annual training with regards to understanding the principles and intent of the Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk Policy.
  • Listen to all concerns voiced by Cahoots Staff and Volunteers regarding keeping children and adults at risk safe from harm.
  • Provide opportunities for Cahoots Staff and Volunteers to receive formal debriefing and counselling arising from incidents of child or adults at risk abuse.
  • Use best practice standard in the recruitment, screening and employment of Cahoots Staff and Volunteers so as they will not harm, abuse or exploit children and adults at risk who are involved in our programs and services.
  • Maintain an environment for children and adults at risk to be safe and to feel safe.

Definitions of Abuse

Abuse is the inappropriate treatment of an individual. The different types of abuse are emotional, psychological, physical, sexual abuse, neglect and bullying.

Further Information

For further information on this policy and the human rights and freedom from abuse and neglect procedures, contact the CEO or Cahoots Quality and Safeguarding Lead.

Cahoots Child Safe Complaints Policy

David Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer: david.armstrong@cahoots.org.au
Sarah George, Quality & Safeguarding Lead: sarah.george@cahoots.org.au

 

Our Social Impact

What we achieved in 2022/23

Selected Locations

Each location has been risk assessed to ensure greater participation. All locations have toilets. 

 

144

Programs Delivered

1596

Participant Bookings

20,000

Volunteer Hours

41

Camps

44

High Support Participants

35,000

Respite Hours

Our Supporters

Making our life changing work possible.

Families Supported By Cahoots

Mikayla

Cahoots has helped Mikayla in so many ways I couldn’t even begin to describe it. One of the biggest ones is being socially appropriate in environment outside the home. That has been the biggest help for me. As now I can take her out, and she knows how to behave not only appropriately but safely. Also interacting with other children naturally she is not a sociable person and this is helped her to socialise with children her own age. It’s also helped her with her balance and gross motor skills with arts and craft and the activities that you do. For example bowling and parks.

Bronwyn

Thank you for taking Bronwyn to Melbourne, she hasn't stopped talking about it! She has crossed another place off her map of future travels (believe me, it's a big list!!), and told many stories about the fun she had. For me, this has been the highlight and warms my soul every time I think about it.
She gave her little sister a pep talk where she told her, “you just have to face your fear and do things sometimes, as I did in Melbourne, I went out on the sky deck and did the chair ride with Shelley, I was scared but you have to face your fears, you can't let it hold you back.”
Bronwyn loves attending camp with Cahoots, she has the best time. Thank you for all the fun and adventures you send her on. She loves living life and wants to experience everything, we appreciate you helping that happen for her.

Siblings Alexandra and Andrew

“Alexandra has just been on the most recent teens camp last weekend and loved it, plus she made a friend!!! So happy for her and she really wants to attend again. Andrew loved the camp as well and can’t wait to come back!” - Mum Rikki

Anonymous volunteer

I just want to say thank you to you and the whole Cahoots team for giving me the opportunity to volunteer on the camps. I really enjoyed the young adults camp and had an amazing time.I am still new in the industry. This gave me a great learning experience, and I will carry my knowledge on.
Thank you again for everything and for all you have provided.

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