Standard 7: empowering children

Children have a right to be heard and have their concerns and ideas taken seriously.

Child Safe Standard 7: Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children

Children have unique insights into their lives, their needs and the world around them. They have a right to be heard and have their concerns and ideas taken seriously, particularly on matters that affect them – including how to keep them safe.

Enabling and promoting the participation of children includes:

  • supporting children and young people to understand their rights, contribute to child safety planning and raise concerns
  • promoting and encouraging children’s participation in decision-making
  • valuing and respecting children’s opinions
  • seeking children’s views about what makes them feel safe and unsafe
  • establishing an environment of trust and inclusion that enables children to ask questions and speak up if they are worried or feeling unsafe.

Benefits of empowering children

Promoting children’s participation can benefits your organisation because it will provide valuable information about their experience.

Most importantly, when children have opportunities to participate and feel their contributions are valued, they are more likely to speak up when harmed or feeling unsafe.

Download our Empowerment and Participation guide: Empowerment and participation: A guide for organisations working with children and young people (PDF, 8mb).