BYS is committed to delivering services that promote and protect the safety, interests, wellbeing and human rights of children (including unborn children) and young people regardless of their nationality, culture, ethnicity, gender identity, sexuality, religious or political beliefs, socio-economic status, family or criminal background or physical or mental health or disability status.
BYS strives to fulfil this commitment by:
- Treating children and young people with respect and understanding at all times.
- Ensuring that the ‘best interests of the child’ principle is paramount in all BYS work.
- Using a relational, client focused, strengths based and trauma informed approach when working with children and young people.
- Being as transparent as possible with young people and families when there are safety concerns.
- Tailoring support to meet the needs of each young person, with the young person directing the pace, scope and extent of their support.
- Clear policies and procedures that provide direction to staff to enable them to protect children and young people from harm.
- Reporting concerns about actual harm/risk of significant harm from physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect to Child Safety Services and/or the Police.
- Providing parenting support and education to young parents to strengthen their ability to be safe, stable and informed parents.
- Where appropriate and with consent, work with the parents of a young person to enhance the young person’s safety and wellbeing.