Devworkz Pty Ltd
Sydney Australia (Viz Release) July 13, 2020 – – Devworkz releases new systems to address the unimaginable cost and alarming trends of child sexual abuse.
Devworkz Pty Ltd is pleased to announce the release of its new safeguarding solution for Australian schools – ‘Safe Havens.’
In 2016 there were over 355,000^ formal notifications to Child Protection Services. These statistics are an 8.1% increase from 2014-2015. 11% of women and 5% of men in Australia report an experience with sexual abuse before 15 years. Studies have shown that 1 in 6 women experience physical or sexual abuse before the age of 15. This rate is 1 in 9 for men.
These abuse numbers highlight the scale of the problem and the alarming trend.
The Royal Commission [RC] into the institutional responses to child abuse and the subsequent findings of 2017 have resulted in significant changes to schools’ responsibilities. They are now explicitly charged with the obligation to protect children from potential sexual abuse and respond when it occurs. To support this, the RC also has detailed ten standards that define what a safe school is.
We built Safe Havens to respond to the needs of the RC. Safe Havens purpose is to help guard our children against abuse and enhance school systems to operationalise new policies focused on delivering a zero-tolerance. It is a scalable, measurable system for the accurate handling of complaints and compliance protocols. With access for students and families as well as staff, the community will see that schools are making a positive impact in this challenging space.
There are three components of Safe Havens that work together to create a cohesive system that empowers students, schools and communities to act effectively when our children need help.
Safe Havens Personal: Supports students so they can record one’s daily perception of safety and physical wellbeing. By creating a heighten awareness students can externalise these feelings and better identify ‘at risk’ scenarios. In real-time, they can share with family or peers or escalate for support, counselling, guidance and or more formal Safeguarding actions.
Safe Havens – Professional: Enables front line school leadership and teaching with fast, accurate complaint creation, processing and escalation for hand-off to specialist Safeguarding or other HR teams.
Safe Havens – Case Management: Is a unified web back office for the capture, triage, risk assessment and treatment of complaints to the most serious allegations. Fastrack outcomes with flexible risk-based processes, build a sound verifiable task-based program supporting case managers, investigator and allied specialists. Baked into the solution are strict compliance protocols for user profiling and case access, allowing multi-disciplined teams to securely work and collaborate from anywhere on the problematic, challenging allegations.
^ Child Family and Community Australia – Child abuse and neglect statistics CFCA Resource Sheet – June 2017
Safe Havens – Personal: is a mobile app [iOS, Android or PWA(1)] originally authored in Experience Builder, enhanced in Outsystems Development Studio with Low-Code. Authentication is via Facebook; Google and or mobile phone numbers with an OTP
Safe Havens – Professional: is a mobile app [iOS, Android or PWA] originally authored in Experience Builder, enhanced in OutSystems Development Studio with Low-Code(2). Authentication is via OutSystems with domain name validation.
Safe Havens – Case Management: is a Reactive(3) web solution built-in OutSystems Development Studio with Low-Code, with a multi-tenant SaaS back end, hosted on Australian servers
(1) Progressive web apps (PWA) provide native-like experiences without having to distribute a native app.
(2) Low-code is a software development approach that enables the delivery of applications faster and with minimal hand-coding. … Low-code is to software what assembly lines are to the auto industry: both automate manual tasks that are difficult and time-consuming to free up people to do things that are much more important.
(3) Reactive web design is a set of techniques used to build sites that always feel fast and responsive to user input regardless of the network speed or latency. Unlike server-side rendered apps that need expensive round-trips, reactive web quickly reacts to any user interaction.