National Principles for Child Safe Organisations
The National Principles for Child Safe Organisations have been developed through a national consultation process involving key sectors engaging with children and young people, as well as advocacy groups and academics.
The National Principles embed the child safe standards recommended by the Royal Commission and will be the vehicle for giving effect to recommendations related to the standards.
The National Office for Child Safety will lead the finalisation, national coordination and implementation of the National Principles, working with the National Children’s Commissioner, states and territories, and the non-government sector to make organisations across Australia safe for children.
Commonwealth Child Safe Framework
In August 2017, in response to early findings of the Royal Commission, the Australian Government established a Commonwealth Child Safe Framework, placing requirements on entities, staff and contractors, to protect children in Commonwealth care.
The Framework provides a consistent and transparent approach for Commonwealth entities to review their policies and practices in relation to child safety. Under the Framework, Australian Government entities are required to:
- undertake a risk assessment to identify the level of responsibility they have for children, evaluate any risk of harm or abuse, and put in place appropriate mitigation strategies
- ensure their staff are aware of, and comply with the Framework and relevant legislation including working with children checks and mandatory reporting requirements (including contractors working in Australian Government entities under employment contracts)
- adopt and implement the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations within 12 months of Council of Australian Government endorsement.
The National Office for Child Safety is leading work considering how the Framework can be applied to Commonwealth funded organisations.