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Child Safe Standard 2: A Child Safe Policy or Statement of Commitment to Child Safety
It is important for an organisation to demonstrate its commitment to child safety by documenting how it will meet its duty of care and responsibilities to children.
- having a Child Safe Policy or Statement of Commitment to Child Safety
- making its commitment clear and well communicated to staff, volunteers, children, families and the community
- requiring all staff and volunteers to uphold this approach.
Organisations that need a Child Safe Policy
A Child Safe Policy is suitable for large organisations with greater responsibility for children. It is a comprehensive document that explains key features of an organisation’s approach to meeting the Child Safe Standards, including implementation procedures.
Organisations that need a Statement of Commitment
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, e.g.: a sporting club.
Developing a policy or statement of commitment
An organisation’s 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 staff and volunteers, the children it works with, and their parents and carers.
It is recommended that organisations involve people in its organisational community in the process of developing its Policy or Statement of Commitment. Bringing these people into the process will add their valuable perspective and help build a child safe culture.
To be of benefit, an organisation’s Policy or Statement of Commitment must also be well communicated. 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.