Organisational compliance surrounding the protection of children
Nurture Marketing Specialist at Kineo APAC
When entrusting children in someone outside of the immediate family’s care, parents need to know their most beloved will be kept safe. The questions parents ask are grounded in their love for their child and this is important for organisations to understand.
These 5 questions are on the diagram below:
In this blog written by ChildSafe’s Neil Milton, he explains that there are responsibilities that organisations must adhere to when having children in their care. These contain legal and moral requirements and they differ from state to state. These responsibilities focus on the duty of care that protects children from harm and abuse.
As an organisation, it is critical to be able to clearly answer these questions in order to provide parents with peace of mind and demonstrate that you are working towards fulfilling the National Child Safety Principles (The Principles).
Neil advises that if you cannot answer these questions, you should prioritise responses to keep parents informed of your progress, even inviting them into the conversation to gain ownership.
How do you know if you can sufficiently answer these 5 key questions?
It means that you…
- Have chosen to be an organisation in the community that sees the care and wellbeing of children as your highest priority
- Have consulted the voice of the child into how you keep children safe and have taken on board what they have said
- Are taking the data of children and their families seriously and have a secure way of storing it including encrypted back-ups.
- Have your processes in place to protect children, including policies that demonstrate the culture you are wanting to create and the behaviour of those that are looking after children.
- Have screened, checked and trained the leaders of children (beyond a WWC Check)
The success of the organisation will depend on how it can answer these 5 important questions, so it is paramount for those organisations looking after children to take this seriously.
Kineo provides learners with an off the shelf elearning course, with subject matter expertise from ChildSafe to better understand how to keep children and vulnerable people safe. This course is suitable for those who have a concern for safety in a community organisation context or that may serve as a volunteer in any leadership, supervisory or carer capacity over children and other vulnerable people.