Commonwealth Child Safe Framework compliance statements
As a Commonwealth entity, we must publish a statement of compliance with the Commonwealth Child Safe Framework (CCSF) each year.
We are committed to promoting and maintaining a culture that does not permit or tolerate child abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
We recognise the role we play in ensuring the safety of children.
For this reason, we:
- are embedding child safety and wellbeing into our leadership, governance and culture
- have created child safe practises for our staff to be aware of and to adhere to.
We have included the Commonwealth Child Safe Framework as part of our divisional business and risk planning process. This helps us to identify the level of direct or indirect contact with children across our divisions.
We completed a Commonwealth Child Safe Framework risk assessment for those divisions with direct or indirect contact with children.
Based on our risk assessment we will be taking action to minimise key risks such as:
- lack of staff awareness of the Commonwealth Child Safe Framework
- the potential for harm to children and young people by third party providers
- a lack of information for children in a language that a child would find easy to understand.
Our current overall risk rating is medium. We expect the risk rating level is likely to decrease to low as the initiatives are embedded into our culture and practices.
Making information, education and training available for our staff is important in creating a child-focused, transparent and safe organisational culture. This kind of culture protects children and keeps them safe.
To ensure our staff are aware of and create a child-focused, safe organisational culture, we have developed a clear Child Safety Policy. The policy addresses all 10 National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. We require staff in identified child-safe positions, or undertaking child-related work, to complete Child Safe training modules.
We comply with the key requirements of the Commonwealth Child Safe Framework and the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. Our key initiatives include:
- communicating and promoting our Child Safety Policy to staff
- our senior executive supporting the Child Safety Policy across our department
- child safe clauses included in grants or procurement of documents for funded third parties where appropriate
- starting to develop documents for children so that they are easy to understand, and are available to staff and children
- ensuring relevant staff do the required training and get or maintain relevant checks.