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Child Safe Organisations

What is a child safe organisation?

All children have the right to feel safe in any environment. A child safe organisation is welcoming of your whole family and takes steps to ensure the safety of your child.  This includes the requirement for those employees and volunteers who engage in child related work to obtain a working with children registration.

For a list of activities that require this registration please visit the Registration to Work with Children website.

There are also strategies that an organisation can follow to ensure their culture is one that creates and maintains a child safe approach.  The Australian Children's Commissioners and Guardians have developed the following key principles that you can look out for in organisations that work directly with children:

  • Understands the importance of child safety
  • Has clear procedures to help prevent the possibility of harm
  • Is able to provide families and carers with a written copy of their procedures
  • Encourages children to engage in decisions that affect them
  • Recognises and respects distinct needs of children from diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Takes all reports of suspected harm seriously by report it immediately to the appropriate authorities
  • Welcomes and values open communication with families and carers
  • Ensures that children know who they can talk to if they are feeling unsafe
  • Promotes a safe and open environment which supports the disclosure of suspected harm.


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