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 SAFE CHURCH PROGRAM NATIONAL CHILD SAFETY FRAMEWORK

“Child safe institutions know it is a significant challenge to maintain a safe environment for children in a dynamic organisation. The institution’s leadership maintains vigilance by putting in place systems to frequently monitor and improve performance against the Child Safe Standards. An open culture encourages people to discuss difficult issues and identify and learn from mistakes. Complaints are an opportunity to identify the root cause of a problem and improve policies and practices to reduce the risk of harm to children. Where appropriate, the institution seeks advice from independent specialist agencies to investigate failures and recommend improvements.”  (Royal Commission, 2018)

NCCA Safe Church Awareness

National Child Safety Framework

Presbyterian Church of Victoria

 

Other Resources

Catholic Professional Standards Limited

 

Australian Catholic University - Institute of Child Protection Studies
Implementation of the national child safe principles is regularly reviewed and improved.
Principles and Indicators    ICPS Resource
     

9.1 The church regularly reviews, evaluates and improves child safe practices

 

Tools:

  • Children’s Safety Survey
  • Safeguarding Capabilities in Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Survey

Self assessment  

(see also attached page)

9.2 Complaints, concerns and safety incidents are analysed to identify causes and systemic failures to inform continuous improvement

 
9.3 The church reports on the findings of relevant reviews to staff and volunteers, community and families and children and young people   

 

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