This guidance is developed in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission).
The National Principles for Child Safe Organisations (the National Principles) set out a nationally consistent approach to promoting a culture of child safety and wellbeing within organisations.
All organisations undertaking child-related work or activities should:
Responding to a suspicion or allegation of harm or abuse from a child or young person is a serious matter. When responding it is important to:
The Commissioner for Children and Young People website is a helpful resource to assist children and young people in speaking up and making a complaint.
The National Redress Scheme offers survivors of institutional child sexual abuse access to redress, counselling and support.
Community organisations only need to act if they are named in a survivor’s application and are contacted by the scheme operator.
Child safeguarding reforms are currently underway and DLGSC will continue to notify stakeholders of changes that will impact them.
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