National Principles for Child Safe Organisations

cameron@tascoss.org.au

5 July 2019 12:00 am Australia/Hobart

    Following COAG endorsement of the National Principles, announced by the Prime Minister on 19 February 2019, there has been considerable interest by many organisations working with children and young people about the National Principles, and also the tools and resources available on the Australian Human Rights Commission’s website for Child Safe Organisations.

    The National Children’s Commissioner and her team have been speaking about the National Principles and the tools and resources at recent forums such as the Child Aware Conference, the Christian Schools National Policy Forum and a meeting of the Australian and New Zealand Children’s Commissioners and Guardians (ANZCCG).

    For a brief introduction to the National Principles, view this video featuring the National Children’s Commissioner.

    Introductory self-assessment tool for organisations

    Organisations working with children and young people need to consider how they will implement the National Principles.

    A great initial step is to use the Introductory self-assessment tool for organisations. This tool encourages organisations to reflect on their child safe practices, in line with the National Principles, and to identify priority areas for improvement. The tool gives examples of what some aspects of each National Principle might look like in practice and encourages organisations to take concrete actions to improve their child safe practices.

    You can download the Introductory self-assessment tool for organisations here in PDF and Word versions. An interactive online version will be available on the Child Safe Organisations website in coming weeks.

    Other tools and resources

    In addition to the Introductory self-assessment tool for organisations, the Australian Human Rights Commission has developed other practical tools and resources including:

    • the Child Safety and Wellbeing Policy template
    • the Example Code of Conduct
    • the Charter of Commitment to children and young people template
    • the Checklist for online safety
    • the Guide for parents and carers.

    To download these resources, visit the ‘Tools & Resources’ section of the Child Safe Organisations website at https://childsafe.humanrights.gov.au/tools-resources. Additionally, you can download a poster of the National Principles here.