Child Safety

The WWC Check is only one strategy to keep children safe. There are many things employers and organisations that work with children can do to make sure their organisations are child-safe and child-friendly.

The Australian Human Rights Commission has released new National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. Click here to read. These National Principles reflect the ten child safe standards recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

As a child-safe organisation, your safety strategies should include:

  • a commitment and culture, focussed on protecting children,
  • creation of a safe physical and online environment,
  • child safety policies and procedures,
  • good recruitment and screening, including reference checking,
  • ongoing education and training of staff and volunteers,
  • good communication and involvement of parents and community,
  • empowering children to know their rights and actively participate in the organisation, and
  • effective complaints management, including making sure children know who they can talk to about their concerns.

For more information about creating a safe organisation, please see our Safer Organisations Safer Children booklet.

More information can also be found in the National Framework and Guidelines for creating safe environments for children:

National Framework Schedule: An Evidence-based Guide for Risk Assessment and Decision-making when Undertaking Background Checking

National Framework Schedule: Guidelines for Building the Capacity of Child-Safe Organisations

National Framework Schedule: Guidelines for Information Sharing Across Jurisdictions

National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009 - 2020

Page last updated23 August 2018