Effective from July 2019
Approved by: Chief Executive Officer
At a Glance
Five Good Friends prohibits and does not tolerate any form of abuse or misconduct in the workplace or any locations pursuant to company related activity, including within the homes or communities of our Members.
Five Good Friends provides procedures for Members and workers (Helpers, employees and contractors) or any other victims of abuse or misconduct to report such acts. Those reasonably suspected or believed to have committed abuse or misconduct will be appropriately investigated, disciplined and reported to legal authorities.
All workers (employees, Helpers, and contractors) and Members within Five Good Friends.
To support the prevention of all types of abuse, neglect, discrimination, exploitation, and misconduct in the workplace, associated workplace locations, and in relation to the delivery of Five Good Friends services, and ensure any complaints of abuse or misconduct are taken seriously, and are dealt with promptly, sensitively, confidentially and in accordance with legal reporting requirements.
Definitions and Examples
- Child sexual abuse – any sexual activity, involvement or attempt of sexual contact with a person who is a minor (under 18 years old) where consent is not or cannot be given.
- Discrimination - is any form of unjust treatment based on the characteristics of an individual or group.
- Exploitation may include:
- taking unfair advantage of people or their situation
- using a position of power over others for one’s own gain.
- Financial abuse of any person may include:
- withholding of money
- using money for purposes not authorised by a Member
- coercion or misleading behaviour to obtain money.
- Neglect of any person may include:
- failure to meet duty of care
- single significant incidents or a pattern of incidents that cause or have potential to cause harm, or fail to meet physical or psychological needs.
- Physical assault/abuse of any person may include unreasonable use of, or threat of, any force:
- that is not in line with an approved restrictive practice
- that is not used to protect from harm to self or others
- such as hitting, pushing, shoving, spitting, and throwing objects.
- Sexual abuse/assault/misconduct may include:
- sexual activity with any person who does not or is unable to give consent
- unwanted and intentional physical conduct that is sexual in nature, such as touching, pinching, patting, brushing, massaging someone’s neck or shoulders and/or pulling against the body or clothes
- material such as pornographic or sexually explicit images, posters, calendars or objects being used with or around a Member or worker
- unwelcome and inappropriate sexual advances, comments, innuendoes, bullying, jokes, gestures, electronic communications or messages (e.g. email, text, social media, voicemail), exploitation, exposure, leering, stalking or invasion of sexual privacy
- direct or implied threats that submission to sexual advances will be a condition of working relationship
- behaviours that could be seen as grooming.