Children’s Rights Report 2017
The Children’s Rights Report 2017 outlines the work undertaken by the National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, during 2016-17 to promote the human rights of children and young people in Australia. The full report is available here.
Chapter 4 of the report, Children’s safety and wellbeing, outlines our contemporary understanding of child harm and abuse in Australia, with a particular focus on children and young people in organisational settings.
Chapter 4 highlights data on child harm and abuse, noting trends and gaps in available information. It also refers to findings from recent government inquiries that emphasise the importance of valuing and empowering children and listening to what they say.
In addition, Chapter 4 describes the Child Safe Organisations work being led by the National Children’s Commissioner to embed child safe cultures and child rights knowledge throughout organisations that work for and with children across Australia.
Read Chapter 4 here:
. A brief summary of the key points discussed in Chapter 4 follows.
Chapter 4: Summary
- Our understanding of child harm in Australia comes from a variety of information sources including administrative data and findings from government inquiries.
- Our ability to understand child abuse, neglect and other forms of child harm is limited by the lack of available information on the prevalence and nature of all forms of child harm.
- The work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has brought particular focus to children’s safety in organisations.
- Children’s safety and wellbeing in organisations is most effectively fostered by a child rights approach, which views the child as a whole and promotes children’s enjoyment of a full range of rights.
- Children and young people have said that safety is about feeling welcome, included, not discriminated against and able to speak up.
- To ensure child safety and wellbeing, organisations need to have cultures and systems that focus on the rights and needs of children and young people.
- The National Children’s Commissioner’s work developing the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations aims to drive cultural change in organisations and is designed to contribute to a nationally consistent approach to child safety and wellbeing in organisations.
To find out more about the Child Safe Organisations project:
You can also contact the Child Safe Organisations project team at firstname.lastname@example.org.