The National Statement of Principles for Child Safe Organisations

On 11 November 2016, Community Services Ministers agreed to the development of a National Statement of Principles for Child Safe Organisations (National Principles) to be endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG).

The National Principles, being developed under Strategy 3 of the Third Action Plan (2015-2018) of the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020, will provide a nationally consistent approach to creating organisational cultures that foster child safety and wellbeing across all sectors engaging with children and young people in Australia.

The National Principles are 10 high-level principles showing the elements of a child safe organisation to prevent future abuse of children in institutional environments.

The National Principles are being developed in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) and align closely with the 10 national Child Safe Standards recommended by the Royal Commission (Recs. 6.5-6.6).

The Australian Government, through the Department of Social Services (DSS), is leading the development of the National Principles in partnership with the New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services. DSS has engaged the National Children’s Commissioner, Ms Megan Mitchell, as a part of the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), to draft the National Principles and lead national cross-sector consultations on the draft Principles.

On 9 February 2018, COAG welcomed progress on development of the National Principles and agreed the importance of creating child safe organisations. The National Principles are expected to be considered for endorsement by COAG in mid-2018.

More information, regular e-Newsletters, and the draft National Principles are available on the AHRC website.

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