Child Safe Standards
Our organisation is implementing the Child Safe Standards recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. We welcome the start of this scheme and have started implementing the Child Safe Standards to make our services even safer for your children.
We are committed to embedding child safety in our organisation.
Policies have been reviewed to ensure that child’s safe environment is provided to children and families. A new Child Safe Environment policy has been developed. A risk assessment action plan for child safe environment has been developed and is available upon request. A statement of commitment to child safety has been developed. All staff members hold current wwc that is verified by our organisation and hold child proception certificates that are refreshed annually. #ChildSafeStandards
Children are safer when organisations teach them about their rights to be heard, listened to and believed.
Incorporating a child’s safety program for children that cover 3 key aspects:
Encourage children to speak up
Teach protective behaviours
Ask children to identify areas that they don’t feel safe
Children are safer when organisations include parents, carers and families in their activities and consult them on children’s development.
All policies and procedures and risk assessments are communicated to families and their feedback is encouraged. We regularly engage in formal and informal conversations and take their feedback seriously. #ChildSafeStandards
In our organisation, we uphold equity ,and diverse needs are taken into account. We have developed multicultural policy and anti–bias policy to ensure equity. Our organization has developed a reconciliation action plan ( RAP) #ChildSafeStandards
At our organisation we work to ensure that the people working with children are suitable and supported.
There is an established recruitment policy and interview procedures that evaluate each educator's skills and conduct background checks. #ChildSafeStandards
We know that child safe cultures create environments where staff can identify, and report suspected harm of children.
Child protection reporting procedures are developed and understood by all stakeholders. Flyers and posters of reporting obligations are displayed at each service.. #ChildSafeStandards
A child safe organisation promotes continuous learning and provides regular ongoing education and training.
All educators have completed the Child Safe eLearning offered by the Office of Children’s Guardians.
All educators have completed child protection course or training. #ChildSafeStandards
A child safe organisation adapts its physical environments to minimise opportunities for abuse to occur.
The physical environment has been assessed as part of the risk assessment processes and action plans have been developed to minimise the risk of child abuse. As part of that process posters on the windows that obstruct the view from the indoor to the outdoor area have been removed to ensure clear viability. #ChildSafeStandards
Child safe organisations know it takes ongoing effort to maintain a safe environment for children.
We have developed processes to ensure regular review of the risk assessment and policies that cover the 10 child’s standards #ChildSafeStandards
Our organisation’s policies and procedures reflect the Child Safe Standards. [Free text with links to your policies and procedures]
All policies have been reviewed to ensure the 10 child’s safety standards are referenced. A new Child Safe environment policy has been developed.#ChildSafeStandards
We believe all organisations working with children should be child safe, and we want to provide children the environment and care they deserve.
We would also love to hear from you about different ways that we can improve our practice and culture to keep children safe.