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Organisations that involve children in their work should have a strong interest in keeping children safe in those environments.
Good child safe policies and practices are the best way to reduce potential environmental risks and keep kids safer in those environments.
The child safe approach includes education and supervision of both paid and unpaid staff about appropriate and acceptable behaviours.
The Office of the Children’s Guardian encourages organisations to use a range of responses to manage the potential risks in their individual environments, including meeting their Working With Children Check legal obligations.
While a criminal record check can be an important tool in an organisation’s approach to being ‘child safe’, they cannot identify people who have not previously been caught or are yet to offend.
Implementing effective child safe policies and practices is the best way for an organisation to protect the children they are involved with.
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