Call for submissions – child safe institutions

Call for submissions – child safe institutions

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse today released its third issues paper and is inviting the public to contribute ideas and expertise on the best ways to create child safe institutions.

Royal Commission CEO Janette Dines said a child safe institution is one that actively protects children and young people from sexual abuse in an institution.

“The Royal Commission wants to hear from a wide range of interested people, as well as government and non-government organisations, about what makes a child safe institution,” said Ms Dines.

“The Royal Commission is examining what organisational policies and practices – like codes of conduct, complaint handling procedures, and recruitment and supervision processes for staff and volunteers – are the most effective at reducing risks to children and keeping them safer in institutions.”

“The Royal Commission is also interested in what characteristics contribute to an organisational culture that is committed to child safety and protecting children from sexual abuse.”

Individuals as well as government and non-government organisations have until 11 October 2013 to lodge a submission on the Child Safe Institutions Issues Paper.

The issues paper is available from the Issues paper page.

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