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“Undergoing training for all staff.” “It would make me feel very safe if I knew they [staff] were sensible people.’’ Young people

National Principle 7: Staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and young people safe through ongoing education and training.

Child safe and friendly policies, risk management plans and other preventative approaches rely upon people accepting child abuse can occur within organisations. Children, young people and their families also need to be aware of the child safe strategies within an organisation.

‘Building the capacity of organisations to be child safe is central to the broader goal of developing and sustaining child safe environments.’1 A lack of understanding and knowledge of child abuse contributes to a culture of complacency and even denial. Amongst other measures, organisations should provide regular opportunities to educate and train staff on child safety and wellbeing policies and procedures and evidence-based practice.

Children have the right to be protected from being hurt and mistreated, in body or mind (Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 4)

Commissioner's resources

National Principles for Child Safe Organisations WA: Guidelines

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National resources

Child Safe Organisations: E-learning modules - Australian Human Rights Commission

Other resources and examples

Explore the National Principles


  1. Community and Disability Services Ministers’ Conference (CDSMC) 2005, Creating Safe Environments for Children - Organisations, Employees and Volunteers, p. 4, <>