Creating Child Safe Institutions

by Royal Commission into Intsitutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

As part of its Terms of Reference the Royal Commission is required to inquire into what institutions and governments should do to better protect children against child sexual abuse and related matters in institutional contexts in the future. A key aspect of this task has been to examine what makes institutions ‘child safe.’

While the Royal Commission is focused on sexual abuse of children in institutions, most childsafe frameworks have a broader application and aim to assist institutions to prevent, identify andimprove responses to physical, sexual, emotional/psychological abuse and neglect of children.

Stakeholders have told us that a broader approach that seeks to prevent all forms of harm tochildren in institutions will better address the often co-existing nature of different types of abuse and avoid unintended consequences.

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