“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)
National Principles for Child Safe Organisations WA: Guidelines
Child Safe Organisations: E-learning modules - Australian Human Rights Commission
Other resources and examples
Learning and Development Calendar for Partner Agencies and Foster Carers - WA Department of Communities
Child Safety Training - Child Wise
Resources for Educators: personal safety - Bravehearts
Resources for parents and children - Protective Behaviours NSW
What is Abuse? - Kids Helpline
What’s OK at home?: Information for young people about abuse in families - Domestic Violence Resource Centre, Victoria
Explore the National Principles
- Community and Disability Services Ministers’ Conference (CDSMC) 2005, Creating Safe Environments for Children - Organisations, Employees and Volunteers, p. 4, <http://www.communityservices.act.gov.au/ocyfs/child_safe_organisations>