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NSW child safe standards – public consultation now open

28 February 2019

The Office of the Children’s Guardian is exploring the benefits of regulating child safe standards in NSW.

We are seeking your feedback on our Regulating Child Safe Organisations discussion paper, (PDF 1.5MB) which proposes changes that would make it compulsory for many organisations in NSW to meet the child safe standards.

While many organisations already work in ways that are consistent with the standards, making the standards mandatory sends a strong message about the importance of child safety.

We will use your feedback to design an approach that responds to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and is appropriate for NSW.

There are three ways you can provide your feedback:

Public consultation closes 29 March 2019.

Information about the consultation is also available on the NSW Government’s ‘Have Your Say’ website.

About the standards

The Royal Commission developed the child safe standards based on evidence about what makes organisations safe for children. The aim of the standards is to achieve and maintain a genuine commitment to child safe culture and practice through incremental and continuous improvement over time.

The Royal Commission recommended the following 10 standards:

  • Standard 1: Child safety is embedded in institutional leadership, governance and culture
  • Standard 2: Children participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously
  • Standard 3: Families and communities are informed and involved
  • Standard 4: Equity is upheld and diverse needs are taken into account
  • Standard 5: People working with children are suitable and supported
  • Standard 6: Processes to respond to complaints of child sexual abuse are child focused
  • Standard 7: Staff are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children safe through continual education and training
  • Standard 8: Physical and online environments minimise the opportunity for abuse to occur
  • Standard 9: Implementation of the Child Safe Standards is continuously reviewed and improved
  • Standard 10: Policies and procedures document how the institution is child safe.

You can find out more about the child safe standards on the Royal Commission’s website.

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