ChildSafe has been developed according to a set of principles, built upon our ethos regarding Children's safety and care:
Concern for Children and Young People
We have an obligation to do our utmost to protect and value children within our care. It's a legal obligation and a moral obligation. The ChildSafe system is built on the premise that its users are motivated to provide excellent care to children.
To determine what standards to use within ChildSafe, a number of different principles have been applied. We have sought to pursue 'Sound Practice' in areas such as Child Protection and Risk Management. There is always more that can be done, and always a stricter standard that may be applied. We view a 'Sound Practice' standard as one that is achievable and realistic. There are guidelines and policies within the Risk Management sphere that are impractical and overly burdensome. We have endeavoured to find a balance involving high standards that are reasonable in nature.
Ongoing learning and improvement
We understand that standards in safety and care are not static. Legislation changes impact on standards, and community expectations change over time. The ChildSafe system is subject to review, feedback and ongoing improvement.
A key test of a Safety Management system like ChildSafe is that it works in practice, for the people in an organisation who work with children, and not only administrators. ChildSafe is structured around this principle.
The right information for the right people
People need the information relevant to them, in a form that is digestible and takes account of the level of responsibility they hold.
Policy written in legal language is appropriate in some contexts, but often ends up looking like gobbledygook to the people actually working with children. ChildSafe is written in a straightforward, readable manner.