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Commission releases child safety guide

AAP logoAAP 18/08/2016

Focusing on the child in sexual abuse complaints and frequently reviewing child safety standards are two elements of a safe institution report handed down by the royal commission into child sex abuse.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released 10 child safety recommendations as part of its work to determine what could be done to prevent abuse.

The elements are designed to also help institutions strengthen their child safe practices.

They include involving children in decisions, informing families and communities and promoting equity.

The points are underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states all adults and law makers must make the best interests of children their primary concern when making decisions about them.

THE 10 POINTS:

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

2. Children participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously.

3. Families and communities are informed and involved.

4. Equity is promoted and diversity respected.

5. People working with children are suitable and supported.

6. Processes to respond to complaints of child sexual abuse are child focused.

7. Staff are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children safe through continual education and training.

8. Physical and online environments minimise the opportunity for abuse to occur.

9. Implementation of child safe standards is continuously reviewed and improved.

10. Policies and procedures document how the institution is child safe.

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