A Child Safe Policy or Statement of Commitment to Child Safety
“A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety articulates an organisation’s approach and culture to provide the highest level of protection for children in its care and provides information and guidance on child safety within the organisation.”
(Commission for Children and Young People (2015), A guide for creating a child safe organisation 2.0, pg 22)
There are sample documents attached to help you with this. Be sure to consult widely and discuss the draft with your committee and adapt to ensure it reflects your organisation’s values and beliefs before approving the policy.
“Then communicate your policy to everyone in the organisation. This policy or statement to child safety affirms your commitment to child safety and clearly states that your organisation has zero tolerance for child abuse, and is committed to the best interest of children and to keeping them safe. That your organization actively works to list to and empower children and your people. When new members, or new staff or volunteers join ensure their induction includes information about the policy, particularly the code of conduct. Perhaps print the policy or statement and display it where everyone can see.” (Adapted from Commission for Children and Young People (2015), A guide for creating a child safe organisation 2.0, pg 22).
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