As part of the Child Safe Organisations project, the Australian Government commissioned the National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, to lead the development of National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.
The newly formed National Office for Child Safety will submit the National Principles to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) for endorsement in late 2018.
The Australian Government also commissioned the Australian Human Rights Commission to develop practical tools and resources to help organisations implement the National Principles. See Practical tools to come.
Draft National Principles (current as of 15 May 2018):
- National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.pdf
- National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.doc
Children's safety and wellbeing
- Chapter 4 of the National Children's Commissioner's Children's Rights Report 2017. This chapter outlines our contemporary understanding of child harm and abuse in Australia, with a particular focus on children and young people in organisational settings.
- Cultural Safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people. This background paper was prepared by the Child Safe Organisations project to inform discussions on child safe organisations and cultural safety.
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
The Australian Government commissioned the Australian Human Rights Commission to develop practical tools and resources to help organisations implement the National Principles.
A range of practical tools will be available on the Child Safe Organisations website in late 2018.
Initially, these will include:
An introductory self-assessment tool for organisations. This educative tool will help organisations learn about the National Principles and identify priority areas for improvement. The tool will give examples of what each principle might look like when implemented in practice, and prompt organisations to commit to taking action to improve their child safe practices.
An organisational Charter of Commitment to children and young people. The development of this tool has been informed by the National Children’s Commissioner’s consultations with children and young people. There will be an example of what a child-friendly Charter of Commitment might look like, based on these consultations. There will also be a template that organisations can use to create their own Charter of Commitment, in the form of a poster communicating what the organisation commits to do to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.
An online safety checklist for organisations, developed in partnership with the Office of the e-Safety Commissioner. This tool will outline why online safety is important, identify some potential risks and provide simple steps an organisation can take to help children and young people be safe online.
A guide for parents and carers. This will help parents and carers consider whether an organisation is child safe. The guide will aim to give parents and carers an introduction to child safe organisations, the confidence to ask questions, and encouragement to stay informed, involved and speaking with their children about safety issues.
For further information on child safe organisations tools and resources:
- Subscribe to the Child Safe Organisations e-newsletter to receive updates.
- Contact the Child Safe Organisations team at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can learn more about the Child Safe Organisations project here.