Managers of organisations working with children are encouraged to enrol in free Child Safe Organisation WA workshops to be held in Perth during February and March.
The Child Safe Organisations WA program was created by the office of the Commissioner for Children and Young People Colin Pettit to encourage organisations to develop a comprehensive and daily vigilant approach to effectively protect children from abuse and neglect.
Commissioner Colin Pettit said that children and young people have the right to feel safe and respected wherever they are.
“I encourage managers of all local organisations working with children to enrol in these workshops as this is the first step in an ongoing effort to improve child safe practices,” Mr Pettit said.
“In a child safe organisation, this commitment to protecting children is embedded in the organisation’s culture and responsibility for taking action is understood and accepted at all levels of the organisation, from the CEO to volunteers.”
The Child Safe Organisations WA program includes the workshop and a range of resources designed to help government departments, not-for-profit agencies and community organisations develop and implement strategies that increase children’s safety.
An organisation’s child safe strategies must aim to reduce the likelihood of harm occurring, increase the likelihood that any harm is discovered and ensure there is an immediate and appropriate response to any disclosures, allegations or suspicions of harm.
The whole-day seminar will be held on Tuesday 14 February and Thursday 23 March at the Commissioner’s office in Subiaco. Registration is free and bookings can be made at the Commissioner’s website.
Child Safe Organisations WA resources are available on the Commissioner’s website enabling any organisation to commence work on strengthening their child safety policies and daily practices immediately.
More information is available from www.ccyp.wa.gov.au
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