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Involving family and community

"Adults have to watch kids more. Not be so caught up in their own little world. If a kid changes then they should ask, ask the kid’s friends, find out what’s going on. That’s their job. They shouldn’t wait until the kid says something because that’s going to be too late." Young person

National Principle 3: Families and communities are informed and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing.

Child safe and friendly organisations welcome families and carers into the organisation and recognise the culture and structure of families are varied, as is the role different family members may play in a child’s life. Child safe organisations also ensure that families and communities have a say in the development and review of the organisation’s policies and practices.

Some children and young people live apart from their family and the organisation needs to be sensitive to the rights and roles of adults with different caring responsibilities. Generally, families and carers are best placed to advise about their children and young people’s needs and capabilities. In a safe environment, children, young people, family and community members feel that their culture and identity are respected and their views valued.

Parents, carers or significant others with caring responsibilities have the primary responsibility for the upbringing and development of their child. This includes being informed about the organisation’s operations and their children’s progress, and being involved in decisions affecting their children. (Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 18)

Commissioner's resources

National Principles for Child Safe Organisations WA: Information for parents, carers and family members

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National Principles for Child Safe Organisations WA: Checklist for parents

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National Principles for Child Safe Organisations WA: Guidelines

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National resources

Child Safe Organisations: Parents and carers - Australian Human Rights Commission

Other resources and examples

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