The Safeguarding Children Program is a unique voluntary accreditation scheme for organisations who have a duty of care to children and young people whilst delivering a service or activity to them and/or their families. It systematically builds the capacity of organisations to keep children and young people safe from abuse and exploitation by staff, volunteers or other relevant related individuals.
Organisations, such as schools, child care centres, welfare groups, sporting clubs, youth and social groups, play a vital role in the health, well-being, care and education of children and young people.
The Safeguarding Children Program provides the resources to support organisations meet evidence based standards that ultimately reduce the risk of abuse of children and young people by employees and volunteers. It achieves this through facilitating organisations to
- recognise the factors that increase a child's vulnerability to maltreatment;
- be aware of the vulnerabilities which may indicate a need to assess, monitor or curtail the behaviour of individuals in relation to children and young people within organisations;
- create an environment which limits the opportunity for children to be maltreated;
- develop and maintain a culture that is child-focused, transparent and respectful; and,
- implement a comprehensive framework that ensures appropriate policies and guidelines for all individuals associated with an organisation.
This website provides details about the accreditation process, the resources offered by the Safeguarding Children Program and opportunitites to engage with ongoing updates about how to improve the capacity of your organisation to better protect children and young people from abuse and exploitation.
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