The Office of the Children’s Guardian has released a discussion paper about the regulation of child safe organisations in NSW.
Their discussion paper proposes changes that would make it compulsory for many organisations in NSW to meet the child safe standards recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Royal Commission developed the child safe standards based on evidence about what makes organisations safe for children. The aim of the child safe standards is to achieve and maintain a genuine commitment to child safe culture and practice through incremental and continuous improvement over time.
Many organisations already work in ways that are consistent with standards, but making the standards mandatory sends a strong message about the importance of child safety.
Your organisation has an important role in delivering services to children and young people and/or supporting children and young people and their families and communities. We encourage you to read the discussion paper and provide your feedback. This will be used to design an approach that responds to the recommendations of the Royal Commission and is appropriate for NSW.
You can find the paper and information about how to have your say at the following links:
- Our website: https://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/about-us/news/nsw-child-safe-standards-public-consultation-now-open
- NSW Government consultation website: https://www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/have-your-say/regulating-child-safe-organisations/
You can provide your feedback by sending completing the survey or posting a written submission. We also encourage you to promote this through your networks.
Public consultation closes 29 March 2019. We look forward to receiving you feedback.