Next steps: National Office for Child Safety Workshops

Next steps: National Office for Child Safety Workshops

Domestic Policy National Office for Child Safety
Friday, 29 March 2019

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

There are four tables with several men and women sitting at them. They are all engaged in conversation. There are small gumtree branches in the middle of each table.

A series of workshops are being held in Canberra to find the way forward on child safety.

Today marks the fourth meeting of stakeholders including survivors of childhood sexual abuse and their advocates, academics, child protection experts and clinical practitioners. 

The workshops have been organised by the National Office for Child Safety and facilitated by The Healing Foundation.

The participants are discussing the most effective ways to implement the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Minister for Families and Social Services, the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, assisting the Prime Minister on implementing the Royal Commission’s recommendations, said The Healing Foundation used a trauma-informed approach to conducting workshops.

'The foundation does a lot of work with communities to address trauma and I am pleased they facilitated this series of workshops,' he said.

Mr Fletcher said the workshops would be used to inform evidence-based priorities for the National Strategy for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse.

'The Government acknowledges that some children and communities in Australia are facing particularly complex challenges, which can impact their emotional, social, educational and economic outcomes,' he said.

'It’s important that we hear from them on how we can work together to improve these outcomes and prevent future harm.'

The National Office of Child Safety is also leading the implementation of the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations, which are aimed at making organisations safe for children and young people and reducing future harm in institutional settings.

The National Principles for Child Safe Organisations were endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments on 1 February 2019.