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Local Government

Local Government

There are 537 councils Australia-wide. Of these, around 55% are regional, rural, or remote councils. The local government employs 194,000 people, which is nearly 10% of the total public sector. The local government has an important role in local service delivery and support of local organisations, businesses, and residents.

Many local governments directly deliver services to children and young people, including child and maternal health, childcare, early learning centres and kindergartens, before and after school care, and youth services. Local governments strongly focus on child safety and ensure that their staff are educated on child safety issues and how to respond.

ChildSafe Australia is the expert in child safety that you can rely on to help you meet your council’s child safety requirements. ChildSafe’s framework strengthens your council’s screening, training, incident reporting, and risk management.

ChildSafe empower organisations with training resources and tools to develop a culture of safe people, safe programs and safe places.

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ChildSafe Training customised for Councils

ChildSafe Australia has a range of training developed for diverse groups and departments within local councils. Based on the 10 National Principles for child safe organisations, ChildSafe’s comprehensive training assists council employees to create safer environments for children and young people. ChildSafe’s training also includes reference to your council’s child safety policy, reporting process, and code of conduct documents.

Training includes:

  • Why child safety training?
  • Code of conduct
  • Safety management to prevent harm
  • Recognising abuse
  • Responding to harm and abuse
  • Scenario-based discussion relevant to each team’s environment

Training to support you and your organisation in child safety.

Developing policies and procedures

Resources to turn policies into procedures, processes and actions.

Child Safety Standards

What are the Child Safety Standards for your organisation, club or association?

Risk management tools

SMO Framework to empower your organisation’s child safety practices.

Creating a culture of child safety

Fitting all the elements together

ChildSafe Australia has developed a child safety framework to empower organisations to develop a culture of safe people, safe places and safe programs. The ChildSafe framework brings together the essential elements that every organisation requires to develop a culture of child safety.

ChildSafe’s program has been developed with over 15 years of child safety experience working with organisations. The ChildSafe framework encompasses the 10 National Principles for Child Safety and guidelines for creating Child Safe Organisations.


Safety Management Online

Are you looking for a structured, systematic approach to help your organisation apply child safety standards?

Engage employees in training and compliance on their devices. SMO helps your organisation to:

  • Train staff at all levels
  • Create, share and implement child safety policies / procedures
  • Record Working with Children Checks
  • Implement robust onboarding and child safety checks
  • Capture, record, and report incidents
  • Save time and money in development of policies, processes, and systems

ChildSafe Training and Australia’s child safety standards.

ChildSafe’s training has been developed to help organisations meet the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations and state-based Child Safety Standards.

The National Principles for Child Safe Organisations (the National Principles) provide a national approach to cultivating organisational cultures and practices that foster child safety and wellbeing across all sectors in Australia. They give effect to the Royal Commission’s recommended child safe standards while including broader child safety and wellbeing.

Some states have developed State based Child Safety Standards.  ChildSafe’s training is delivered to reflect each states Child safety framework and reporting requirements.

At the core of these standards is education and training for staff and volunteers.

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