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Clear commitment to child safety

Standard 2: A Child Safe Policy or Statement of Commitment to Child Safety

It is important to demonstrate your commitment to child safety by documenting how you will meet your duty of care and responsibilities to children.

This means:

  • affirming your organisation’s commitment to child safety in a Child Safe Policy or Statement of Commitment to Child Safety
  • making your commitment to child safety clear and well communicated to staff, volunteers, children and families and the community
  • requiring all staff and volunteers to uphold this approach.

Your organisation’s Child Safe Policy or Statement of Commitment is a written document that communicates your organisation’s commitment to child safety and your approach to providing a safe environment for children.

A Child Safe Policy is suitable for larger organisations with greater responsibility for children. It is a comprehensive document that explains key features of your organisation’s approach to meeting the Child Safe Standards, including implementation procedures.
A Statement of Commitment to Child Safety, is a shorter document, and is appropriate for a small organisation with a lower level of responsibility for children, for example a sporting club.

Your Child Safe Policy or Statement of Commitment need not be long, and should not be complicated. It should be written in clear and simple language that is meaningful to your staff and volunteers, the children you work with and their parents and carers.

It is recommended that you involve people in your organisational community in the process of developing your Policy or Statement of Commitment. Not only will their perspectives be valuable, but genuinely bringing them into the process will help you to build a child safe culture. To be of benefit, your Policy or Statement of Commitment must also be well communicated to your organisational community. Think about posting it on your website, sharing it via social media, and creating a poster to put up in the physical space you use.

Next read about Standard 3: A Code of Conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children.

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