Pathways seeks to provide a compassionate, fair, transparent and accountable process for responding to allegations of abuse that is:

• person centred

• trauma-informed

• timely

• accessible

• an alternative to an adversarial civil court approach

• respectful of the primacy of police investigations

• compliant with legislative and regulatory requirements such as administered by the

Commission for Children and Young People

• Upholding of safeguarding measures relating to children and adults at risk

• In matters involving a child, the protection of children is the paramount consideration, as

stated in the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005 (Vic), s 16B(1).