Communicare is committed to the safety of all children and young people. Our ability to protect children and young people while supporting them to grow, learn and flourish is central to their safety and development.
It is with this focus in mind we now embark on our journey to becoming a Child Safe accredited organisation through Child Wise. The entire process will take approximately 18 months, starting with Child Wise undertaking a comprehensive Child Safety Review of our current practices and processes. Once this is complete, we have 12 months to action their recommendations and improvement plan to achieve accreditation.
Child Wise accredits against a framework that is based on the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. The National Principles were endorsed by every Australian state and territory government as the foundation of a nation-wide approach to child safety.
Accreditation serves as credible, visible evidence of our commitment to child safety. It reassures stakeholders, including children, young people and families, that we prioritise child safety and ensure a child safe culture exists.
Once Accreditation is achieved, it is a three-year arrangement during which Child Wise partners with us to support continuous improvement, integrate new legislative requirements and emerging best practice, whilst ensuring Accreditation requirements continue to be met.
The first part of the process is to assess our policies, procedures, systems and strategies related to child safety and participation. Via surveys and focus groups, input will be gathered from children and young people who access our services directly, and their parents and/or carers, volunteers, staff and leaders, in order to gain an in-depth understanding of our child safe culture and the approaches that can be implemented to deliver real, sustained change.
In the coming weeks you will receive further information on how to engage with the Child Safety Review process. It is important that Child Wise gather as much information as possible, so please make every effort to complete the staff survey when this is distributed in early August. I also encourage you to attend a focus group, which will be held at the Academy, Tuart House, Cannington, Armadale, Rockingham and Midland in October.
I encourage you all to review the resources available on our Child Safe page with your teams and continue to reflect on how we demonstrate our organisational Child Safe commitment to children, young people and their families.
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