Creating a child safe organisation begins with a clear, evidence-informed understanding of the potential risks to children in your setting. To reduce the likelihood of harm, think about and define the risks.
You must identify and carefully consider the particular safety risks that may affect children when they engage with your organisation, and put in place strategies to reduce or remove those risks. Your approach to child safety should be proactive and preventative.
Risks always exist for children when they access organisations – there may be some risks that are beyond your organisation’s control – but you must do what is in your power to reduce the risk of children being harmed when they are engaged in activities or accessing services provided by your organisation.
Once you have identified risks attached to the work you do with children, you must carefully analyse them, and take steps to reduce the likelihood and consequences of the risk eventuating.
It is strongly suggested that you involve children and young people in the process of identifying and managing child safety risks, and that you communicate with children and young people about the measures you put in place to keep them safe.
It’s also important to note that reducing risks to children is an ongoing process. You need to monitor the strategies in place to reduce risk and be willing to incorporate the learnings that happen when things work well or don’t work so well.