In applying each child safe standard organisations must reflect and embed the following three key principles in their approach:
While the Child Safe Standards are underpinned by the understanding that all children are vulnerable, the three principles ask organisations to consider the increased vulnerability of Aboriginal children, those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and children with disabilities.
These principles are important because of the increased vulnerability of these particular groups of children and young people – in that they are particularly vulnerable to being victimised, but also that they may encounter particular challenges in accessing reporting processes if an incident of abuse does occur, for a wide variety of reasons.
The principles are about more than just preventing criminal child abuse. While this is an important part of what they do, they also reflect the importance of emotionally safe, accessible, inclusive, non-discriminatory environments and activities that encourage children to participate in and celebrate their identity. Research shows that providing safe environments for vulnerable children has positive, lifelong impacts that cannot be underestimated.
The Commission for Children and Young People encourages you to think broadly when thinking about groups of children and young people who are particularly vulnerable. We would encourage you to consider for example the needs of same sex attracted young people, and recognise gender diversity in providing a safe environment for children and young people.