Australian Institute of Family Studies
We are the Australian Government's key research body in the area of family wellbeing. We conduct research to increase the understanding of Australian families and the issues that affect them.
21 Feb 2019: A national set of principles, for organisations that work with children was released this month by the National Office for Child Safety. The aim of the principles is to foster children’s wellbeing in institutional settings, and keep them safe from harm.
The principles provide a nationally consistent approach to cultivating organisational cultures that foster child safety and wellbeing. They were prompted by recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and they have been endorsed by all Australian Governments.
The National Office for Child Safety will be leading the national coordination and implementation of the principles, working with states and territories and the non-government sector.
The Office of the National Children’s Commissioner has developed a range of resources, including a self-assessment tool and checklist, that can be accessed on the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Child Safe Organisations website.
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