Ensuring children and young people are safe from harm is everyone’s responsibility.
West Australian children and young people are regularly involved in activities and organisations outside of the home – including school, sport, recreation and health care – that are provided by government, non-government and community-based organisations.
Children and young people rely on the adults entrusted with their care to both protect and empower them to be safe from any form of abuse or harm.
To achieve this, every organisation must embed a child safe culture across all activities and services, with leaders, staff and volunteers being vigilant in providing child safe and friendly environments and interactions.
Child Safe Organisations WA
The Commissioner’s Child Safe Organisations WA program promotes the need for child safe practices across all types of organisations.
The program helps leaders, staff and volunteers within organisations to place the safety of children and young people at the forefront of their activities. It also encourages parents and carers to seek information and ask questions about the child safe strategies used in places their children are attending.
The Commissioner has developed a range of resources to support organisations to develop child safe strategies – balancing the focus on child safety with continued positive interactions and environments that contribute to healthy development. The Commissioner has also developed important information for parents, carers and families, including a checklist. These resources were updated in 2019 and are available below.
For more information go the Child Safe Organisations WA resources page.
National Principles for Child Safe Organisations WA - Self-assessment and review tool - Word template
National Principles for Child Safe Organisations WA: Information for parents, carers and family members
Explore the National Principles
The following links provide information, resources and practical examples on each of the ten principles. This information is also available in the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations WA: Guidelines.