In response to The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the Australian government has help drive policy changes through the Council Of Australian Governments (COAG). The state and territory authorities will require organisations (paid or voluntary) who deliver services to children and young people to maintain a new set of principles.
Australian Child Safe Consultancy can help mitigate risk with our one stop shop approach. We can help you by providing a review of any of your existing child safe policies as well as writing them for you. Additionally, we provide policy training to staff as well as annual auditing for compliance purposes.
At Australian Child Safe Consultancy, we continuously invest time in our customer’s requirements. We ensure we tailor solutions to meet our customers’ needs while delivering exceptional user-friendly outcomes without compromising quality.
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Child Safe Policy
Australians have been rightly shocked at the disclosures and responses to sexual abuse at the hands of institutions, organisations and individuals to whom the care, social, recreational and educational development of our children were entrusted to. Many of these disclosures came to the public attention through media releases as victims of abuse sought redress through Legal proceedings.
In June 2018 the Australian Government tabled its response to The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommendations. These recommendations place responsibilities on all organisations, schools, religions institutions, service/sports clubs, as well as individuals who provide services to children and young people to adopt the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.
Australian Child Safe Consultancy can support your business to meet its obligations to children, families, staff and funding partners to provide a work environment that has a child safety policy as its focus.
Australian Child Safe Consultancy has staff who are specialised in providing Child Protection Policy Framework for local, State and National Organisations, Business and Service Providers.
National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
Established under the National Disability Insurance Scheme Act 2013 (NDIS Act), the NDIS is the primary funding body to individuals and agencies to provide individualised support for people with disability, their families and carers. The NDIS provides all Australians with a permanent and significant disability, aged under 65, with the reasonable and necessary supports they need to live an ordinary life.
If you provide services under the NDIS or apply for a Commonwealth Grant where you provide services to children or activities that have contact with children then you will need to demonstrate that you comply with child safe obligations as defined under the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
If your organisation provides a service to children or young people then according to The Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse there are certain standards you must maintain if you are to continue in this field.
There is an anomaly in the law, If you employ staff under the age of 18 years of age you are not legally required to have a child safe policy. Instead you are expected to rely solely on fair work practice as outlined by the Ombudsman. However if you employ a young person in the film, TV or advertising industry then you are required to have a child safe policy. Even if you are not legally required to have a child safe policy it is encouraged and considered good practice for organisations to have a child safe policy and a code of conduct integrated into this.
If your organisation works with children it is important you now demonstrate your organisation is transparent and has a process which matches the 10 Principles. This is best achieved with a child safe policy.
As a result of the findings of The Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse where it looked extensively into voluntary organisations such as sporting and social groups it found a number organisations did not have sufficient policies in mitigating the risk of child abuse in their service.
No, The Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse clearly states it is no longer enough just to have a working with children’s check. Each organisation must have clearly written standards when working with children. It is equally important these standards are understood by all staff.
These Principles, are being rolled out across the nation in each state and territory. This being the case, once enacted, you may find your organisation is no longer reaching its responsibilities and may possibly carry some sanctions.
As this is a Federal government initiative it has been discussed by the Australian Council of Attorneys-General (CAG) and the proposition of a national data base is being developed. This data base will be known as the WWCC National Reference System. This will provide organisations with the information on whether or not an applicant has been refused a check in another state or territory.
From a risk management perspective, training is the key to help mitigate the risk and is also a recommendation of The Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse.
At Australian Child Safe Consultancy we are a one stop shop. We can help write the policy help implement it, train staff and audit your organisations child safe practice.
Australian Child Safe Consultancy
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