CHILDSAFE NATIONAL ROADSHOW COMES TO TOWN
National child harm prevention charity, ChildSafe, will soon arrive in the ACT and Southern NSW to empower local organisations, businesses, charities, and churches to improve their current child safety systems, in light of the recent Royal Commission’s recommendations.
Enabling trusted environments for your children, the highly trained ChildSafe team are on a national tour of Australia throughout 2018 visiting each state and territory, ranging from Darwin in the north, to Perth in the west, to Hobart in the south and most major centres down the east coast.
Many regional centres also feature as the team travel to Alice Springs, Ballarat, Tamworth, Batemans Bay, Katherine and Cairns among many others.
This roadshow will include low-cost public information sessions, in each of the more than 30 locations, intended for local organisations to bring their questions about what they can be doing to improve their safeguards against harm to children, in line with the Royal Commissions recommendations.
In the ACT and Southern NSW, the roadshow includes four sessions held 19th, 20th, 21st and 22nd of March in Canberra, Weston, Batemans Bay and Goulburn respectively.
Each of these four events will include a presentation from the ChildSafe team, as well as information from leading law firm, Lewis Holdway Lawyers, and Insurance firm, EA Insurance Services, to assist organisations with a wholistic approach to child safety.
The sessions will also provide an open Q&A session with the panel, taking questions from the floor.
The recommendations made by the ‘Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’ demonstrate the need for each and every organisation with exposure to young people to ensure they are taking an active response to reduce potential risks of harm to children.
As a part of the Commission’s recommendations, institutions are urged to implement 10 “Child Safe Standards” which includes “child safety is embedded in institutional leadership, governance and culture”; “families and communities are informed and involved”; “staff are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children safe through continual education and training”; and “policies and procedures document how the institution is child safe”.
ChildSafe Spokesperson and Business Development Leader, Neil Milton is one of the driving forces behind this national tour and is excited to see what impact this year will have for organisations looking to put the appropriate systems in place to protect children from harm.
“Aussie children are this nation’s future, and we will be travelling around the country to spread the message that more needs to be done to protect our nation’s children,” says Mr Milton.
“The recently issued recommendations from the Royal Commission have highlighted several key gaps in how we approach child safety, and every organisation needs to sit up and take notice to ensure we learn from mistakes of others.”
ChildSafe Limited exists to serve organisations and individuals working with children and vulnerable people, with the goal of improving their well-being and safety.
As a children’s Harm Prevention Charity, ChildSafe provide many practical tools and training to help community organisations transition from policy to good practice.
In ChildSafe’s twelve years, we have trained over 23,000 people from more than 1,000 organisational sites and we have almost 39,000 active users.
For more information about ChildSafe, visit childsafe.org.au.
For all local information sessions dates and ticket enquiries, visit childsafe.org.au/events.