WGHG is the first healthcare service in Australia to receive Childwise accreditation.
WGHG Director of Allied and Community Health, Audra Fenton, said significant effort had been put in over the past 18 months to focus on embedding a child safety culture across the healthcare service.
“We set about applying a child safety lens across our services to strengthen our approach to child safety.
“As a result we have strengthened recruitment processes where all WGHG staff, volunteers and contractors are required to have a Working With Children Check (WWCC) and a Police Check.”
“We have introduced new policies and processes, increased security, provided staff training in child protection and increased our engagement with children and young people to hear their experiences of health care.”
“Involving children and young people in the future planning of health services will be a focus as we move forward,” she said.
WGHG Chief Executive Officer, Dan Weeks, said it was pleasing to be the first healthcare service in Australia to achieve this accreditation from Child Wise.
“We thank all staff for embracing the changes. Significant cultural change has occurred across the organisation influenced by the requirement for all staff to have a WWCC and the communication regarding the reasons for this decision in protecting children who use our services.”
“The accreditation by Child Wise has provided excellent preparation for WGHG to achieve future accreditations by the Commission for Children and Young People.”