The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has a zero tolerance approach to child exploitation or abuse. DFAT recognises that it is the shared responsibility of all adults to prevent child exploitation and abuse. In Australia, there is recognition that organisations that work with children also have a role in protecting them, and need policies and procedures to enable them to do so. The Child Protection Policy is part of DFAT’s child protection framework. The policy is principles based, articulates DFAT’s zero tolerance of child exploitation and abuse, and includes expectations of DFAT staff and DFAT funded partners in the management of child protection risks. It enables DFAT to meet community expectations and uphold the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child to which Australia is a signatory.
In support of DFAT’s zero tolerance of child exploitation and abuse, all DFAT staff and DFAT funded partners must report immediately any suspected or alleged case of child exploitation, abuse or policy non-compliance by anyone within scope of this policy in connection with official duties or business. All reports should be made to email@example.com which is managed by DFAT’s Conduct and Ethics Unit. All information provided will be treated in accordance with relevant Commonwealth legislation, including the Privacy Act 1988. Details of what to report are on page 6.
While DFAT staff responsible for the management of DFAT funded activities and programs must familiarise themselves with this policy and the principles it contains, all DFAT staff, including Australian Public Service (APS) and locally engaged staff (LES) are bound by the APS Code of Conduct and policies contained in the DFAT Conduct and Ethics Manual.
If you are unsure about what constitutes child exploitation and abuse or policy non-compliance, you can contact the Child Protection Compliance Section for confidential advice via telephone +61 2 6178 5100.