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National Principles for Child Safe Organisations

ƵƬ is committed to the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. The Principles, of which there are ten, have been endorsed by all Commonwealth, State and Territory governments. They provide a nationally consistent approach to embedding child safe cultures within organisations that engage with children, and act as a vehicle to give effect to all the recommendations related to child safe standards made by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It is important that everyone in ourcommunity familiarise themselves with these Principles.

The ten National Principles for Child Safe Organisations Australia wide are:

1. Child safety and wellbeing is embedded in organisational leadership, governance and culture.

2. Children and young people are informed about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously.

3. Families and communities are informed and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing.

4. Equity is upheld and diverse needs respected in policy and practice.

5. People working with children and young people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and wellbeing values in practice.

6. Processes to respond to complaints and concerns are child focused.

7. Staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and young people safe through ongoing education and training.

8. Physical and online environments promote safety and wellbeing while minimising the opportunity for children and young people to be harmed.

9. Implementation of the national child safe principles is regularly reviewed and improved.

10. Policies and procedures document how the organisation is safe for children and young people.

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