The Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, found that the sexual abuse of children has occurred in almost every type of institution in Australia where children reside or attend for educational, recreational, sporting, religious or cultural activities.
The Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, also made formal recommendations requiring every organisation in Australia working or engaging with children and young people, either directly or indirectly to develop child safe practices to help children and young people thrive. Every member of an organisation needs to understand their role in keeping children safe and preventing child abuse and neglect. Of equal importance, it is essential that staff and volunteers provide a safe environment where children and young peoples best interests are at the centre of everything they do and that they are protected from harm.
In order to have a uniform approach to child safety, in 2017 the Australian Government asked the National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, to lead the development of National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. The Australian Government also commissioned the Australian Human Rights Commission to develop practical tools to help organisations implement the National Principles. The National Principles were developed under the guidance of Community Services Ministers across Commonwealth, state and territory governments under the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020. The National Principles aim to provide a nationally consistent approach to creating organisational cultures that foster child safety and wellbeing across all sectors in Australia. This will help to keep children and young people safe and reduce future harm in organisational settings. The National Principles reflect the Ten Child Safe Standards recommended by the Royal Commission, with a broader scope that goes beyond child sexual abuse to cover other forms of harm to children and young people.
The National Principles for Child Safe Organisations have been finalised following sector wide consultation from 2017 – 2018.Workshop Content
The purpose of this workshop is to provide organisations working with children and young people a holistic approach to developing a child safe organisation. This workshop will cover in detail the 10 essential standards of a child safe organisation as set out by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and assist with implementing the 10 standards.
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