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Children on University Premises Policy

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Section 1 - Preamble

(1) Charles Darwin University (‘the University’, ‘CDU’) is committed to providing equitable access to education and employment, and recognises that responsibilities associated with the care of children may at times overlap with an individual’s educational and work commitments.

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Section 2 - Purpose

(2) This policy outlines the circumstances under which children are permitted to access University premises, including the obligations and responsibilities of those parents or guardians.

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Section 3 - Scope

(3) This policy applies to staff and students, and concerns their children under 18 years of age who are not University students.

  1. This policy should be read in conjunction with the Child Safety Policy.
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Section 4 - Policy

(4) The University is committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children on University premises, and recognises that there will be occasions where it may be necessary for children to accompany their parent/carer on campus or activity sites.

(5) The University makes provision for staff and students to bring a child to University premises or activity sites for a short period of time, if there is no viable alternative and where they are the parent or guardian of that child.

  1. This arrangement is not intended to substitute regular, organised childcare arrangements.

(6) The University undertakes all reasonably practicable steps to control hazards to children on university premises, recognising that parents/guardians have the responsibility to supervise their child while the child is on campus.

(7) Children are not permitted to be on University premises or activity sites if they have a contagious illness.

(8) The University will reasonably consider requests from staff and students to bring their child into work and teaching environments.

Permission to bring children to the University 

(9) Staff and students must have permission from their supervisor or lecturer to bring their children to University premises or activity sites.

  1. Permission to bring children to campuses outside of the greater Darwin region can be sought from the relevant Associate Vice-Chancellor.

(10) The relevant supervisor or lecturer may grant or deny requests, taking into consideration:

  1. the appropriateness of the child’s attendance;
  2. the likely impact on staff, students, and others;
  3. the risks to the health and safety of the child and of others; and
  4. the particular circumstances that have led to the request, and the timeliness of the request given those circumstances.

Supervision of children

(11) Parents/guardians are responsible for the safety and behaviour of their children and are required at all times to  maintain supervision of their children while on University premises or activity sites.

(12) Parents/guardians may take children into computer laboratories, libraries or other non-teaching areas subject to any safety, security, or other regulations or practices, specific to the area.

  1. Children are not permitted to use University equipment, including computers, at any time.

(13) The Authorised Officer reserves the right to direct that a child be removed from a university premise where the presence of a child is causing an unacceptable health and safety risk to themselves or others, or an unreasonable level of disruption or disturbance to learning and teaching activities, research or others.

(14) In the event that a child is deemed to be unsupervised and the parent/guardian is not present, the University will:

  1. engage with the child to ensure the child remains in a safe environment;
  2. take all reasonable steps to find the parent/guardian; and
  3. if the parent/guardian is not found within a reasonable time, notify campus Security.

Restricted areas

(15) Children must not enter spaces where a University examination is being conducted.

(16) In accordance with the Work Health and Safety Policy the University is responsible for protecting children from exposure to health and safety risks on University premises and activity sites, and are not permitted to enter:

  1. potentially hazardous areas including; laboratories, practicum rooms, laboratory preparation rooms, equipment rooms, gyms, machinery areas, production plants, workshops, storage facilities, animal houses, art studios, building sites, or any other areas specified by the Senior Manager Work Health and Safety; or
  2. university premises or activity sites where the University has concerns regarding risks to the health and safety of either the child or others.

(17) Children must not be carried in a University vehicle or boat unless in a case of emergency.

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Section 5 - Non-Compliance

(18) Non-compliance with Governance Documents is considered a breach of the Code of Conduct – Staff or the Code of Conduct – Students, as applicable, and is treated seriously by the University. Reports of concerns about non-compliance will be managed in accordance with the applicable disciplinary procedures outlined in the Charles Darwin University and Union Enterprise Agreement 2022 and the Code of Conduct – Students.

(19) Complaints may be raised in accordance with the Complaints and Grievance Policy and Procedure - Employees and Complaints Policy - Students.

(20) All staff members have an individual responsibility to raise any suspicion, allegation or report of fraud or corruption in accordance with the Fraud and Corruption Control Policy and Whistleblower Reporting (Improper Conduct) Procedure.