Child Safety and Wellbeing

Child Safety and Wellbeing

A message to children and young people

We at Bendigo Health believe children and young people who come to our hospital should:

  • Feel safe and be safe
  • Be cared for
  • Be comfortable
  • Be treated fairly
  • Have a say about decisions affecting you

You have rights that protect you from harm and it is always ok to tell someone if you are hurt or not feeling comfortable or safe, we will listen to you.

Our commitment to child safety

Bendigo Health is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children. We support and respect all children, our staff and volunteers.  We want them to feel safe, happy and empowered.   We have a zero tolerance of child abuse. All allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously in line with our policies and procedures.

Bendigo Health is committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early, and removing and reducing these risks. We have mandatory legal as well as a moral duty to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety.

We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children, children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, children who identify with LGBTQIA+ community and to providing a safe environment for children with a disability.

Bendigo Health is committed to regularly training and educating our staff and volunteers on the safety and wellbeing of all children connected with our organisation.