Child and Young Person Protection Policy
Sexual Abuse Support and Healing considers the safety of the child/young person to be of paramount importance and our prime consideration at all times. SASH is committed to recognizing and responding to child abuse and neglect. This commitment applies to children or young people who are clients of SASH and also children associated with or cared for by SASH clients. SASH is guided by Oranga Tamariki Act 1989, Family Violence Act 2018 and Privacy Act 1993
SASH is committed to the following principles:
- This policy recognises that children and young people have a right to be safe from abuse and harm without exception regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender, culture, language, religion or belief.
- Counselling for survivors of sexual abuse and assault is based upon confidentiality, however when risk to a child/children is identified or child abuse/neglect is suspected or disclosed then the welfare and paramouncy of the child will take priority over confidentiality.
- In the course of client interaction risk to a child or current or historical abuse of a child may be identified and this must not be ignored.
- SASH is committed to the prevention of abuse and to the well-being of all children, young people and their families.
- SASH is committed to acting at all times in the best interest of the children and young people to whom it provides a service.
- SASH is committed to responding to abuse, suspected child abuse or disclosure of abuse as soon as reasonably possible.
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