The National Principles, based on the Royal Commission’s Child Safe Standards, will drive implementation of a child safe culture across all sectors providing services to children and young people to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people across Australia. The principles are high level to allow flexibility in implementation and in recognition of the variety of organisational types, sizes and capacities. The indicators are examples of signposts that an organisation meets the principles or standards of policy and behaviours. The indicators are provided as a guide only and will vary for different organisations.
The principles emphasise the importance of culturally safe environments and practices for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities are more likely to access services that are culturally safe and experience better outcomes in such services. This includes improving the way organisations engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families, recognising the impact of intergenerational trauma, and respecting cultural diversity.
The adoption and application of national child safe principles throughout all relevant sectors nationwide is a significant milestone in promoting child safety and wellbeing.
The National Principles collectively show that a child safe organisation is one that creates a culture, adopts strategies and takes action to promote child wellbeing and prevent harm to children and young people. A child safe organisation consciously and systematically:
- Creates an environment where children’s safety and wellbeing is the centre of thought, values and actions.
- Places emphasis on genuine engagement with and valuing of children
- Creates conditions that reduce the likelihood of harm to children and young people
- Creates conditions that increase the likelihood of identifying any harm
- Responds to any concerns, disclosures, allegations or suspicions of harm.
In this course you will learn 10 principles and how to adopt the principles in your business. You need yo finish all the lessons and quizzes. After your course finished successfully you will receive certificate from CENTA.
- Principle 1: Child safety and wellbeing is embedded in organisational leadership, governance and culture.
- Principle 2: Children and young people are informed about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously.
- Principle 3: Families and communities are informed and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing.
- M2 Quiz
- Principle 4: Equity is upheld and diverse needs respected in policy and practice.
- Principle 5: People working with children and young people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and wellbeing values in practice.
- Principle 6: Processes for complaints and concerns are child focused.
- Principle 7: Staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and young people safe through ongoing education and training.
- M3 Quiz
- Principle 8: Physical and online environments promote safety and wellbeing while minimising the opportunity for children and young people to be harmed.
- Principle 9: Implementation of the national child safe principles is regularly reviewed and improved.
- Principle 10: Policies and procedures document how the organisation is safe for children and young people.
- M4 Quiz