Safe environments for children and young people 'through their eyes' training
Developed by the Department for Education Safe Environments Team and mirrors and complements the criteria in the Mandatory Reporting Guide designed by the Dept. of Child Protection.
This full day course will support individuals to understand their obligations under the Children's Protection Act to provide child safe environments within their role in working with or alongside children.
Safe environments for children and young people 'Through their eyes' training
Currently there are no sessions scheduled for this training.
Please call us on (08) 8234 5219 if you would like to participate in this training or have it held at your site.
Please note: This is not the same course as Responding to Abuse and Neglect (formerly known as 'Mandated Notification') which is essential for all teachers and staff working with children and young people on DECD sites.
Children and young people have a right to be safe and protected at all times, including when accessing services in the community.
Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 (replaces the Children’s Protection Act (1993) and the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 require certain organisations to provide a child safe environment. Commitment to promoting the safety, wellbeing and participation of children and young people should be firmly embedded in every organisation’s culture. This commitment should be reflected in their policies and procedures and understood and practiced at all levels of the organisation. Organisations that do not take appropriate steps to protect children’s safety and wellbeing may be poorly equipped to manage and respond to risks that may arise regarding the safety and well-being of children accessing their services.
What is a child safe environment?
A child safe environment is a safe and friendly setting where children feel respected, valued and encouraged to reach their full potential.
Children and young people have a right to be safe and protected at all times, including when accessing services in the community. Organisations providing child safe environments:
- take a preventative, proactive and participatory stance on child protection issues
- value and embrace the opinions and views of children and young people
- assist children and young people to build skills that will assist them to participate in society
- are focused on the protection of children and young people and take action to protect them from harm
- provide parents, guardians or carers with evidence of their child safe environments policies and procedures when requested.
Who must provide a child safe environment?
The Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 requires certain organisations to provide a child safe environment.
You must provide child safe environments if you are a state authority or if your organisation provides services wholly or partly for children (under 18 years old) in one or more of these categories:
- sporting or recreational
- religious or spiritual
- childcare or residential
- entertainment or party.
Organisation in this context includes a wide range of bodies who work with children and young people, including businesses, services providers, sole traders and people working in partnerships and ncorporated and unincorporated groups
Requirements and links to further information from the Department for Education
Link to minimum requirements : https://www.education.sa.gov.au/developing-child-safe-policy
- have in place appropriate child safe policies and procedures
- meet relevant history information obligations relevant to the organisation type
- lodge a statement about their child safe environment policies and procedures with the Department for Child Protection
- ensure that appropriate reports of suspected child abuse or neglect are made to the child abuse report line as outlined in the mandatory notification page.