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Wednesday 15 November 2017
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About the Project

The Australian Human Rights Commission is leading the development of a National Statement of Principles for Child Safe Organisations.  This project has been commissioned by the Commonwealth Government, with consultation from states and territories, as part of the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children Third Action Plan (2015-2018).  The goal is to build child-safe cultures in all organisational settings to advance the safety and wellbeing of children and young people across Australia.

The National Statement of Principles for Child Safe Organisations - Consultation Draft can be downloaded here.

The final draft National Principles will be submitted to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) for endorsement and implementation across all sectors providing services to children.

 

A wide range of organisations work with children and young people throughout Australia. Some of these are small, like sports clubs or playgroups. Others might be large like schools, hospitals and churches.

Businesses and other organisations employ staff and volunteers to work with and provide services to children. This might involve working across state boundaries.

Members of the public, children and young people, parents and carers should be confident that organisations working with children provide safe environments where children’s rights, needs and interests are met. This is one of the key findings of the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.

That is why National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell is leading the work on developing a National Statement of Principles for Child Safe Organisations.  

 

Overview of the project

Commissioned by the Commonwealth Department of Social Services, the National Principles will drive a child-safe culture across all sectors to protect the safety and wellbeing of children and young people across Australia. 

The Australian Human Rights Commission has prepared draft National Principles. This draft was endorsed by Community Service Ministers across federal, state and territory jurisdictions in October 2017. The next phase of the project is a broader consultation process across all sectors working with children and young people, before finalising the National Principles and related resources.

To find out more about the Child Safe Organisations Project, contact:  childsafe@humanrights.gov.au

 

 

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