The National Principles are being developed through consultations with Australian governments, national peak bodies from sectors that work with children and young people, national advocacy and research organisations, and children and young people.
The National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, undertook targeted consultations in the first half of 2017 with key experts and stakeholders.
Since then, broader consultations have been held on draft National Principles with representatives of the sports, disability, health, education, early childhood, recreation, arts and recreation sectors; child and family support services; and religious bodies.
The National Children’s Commissioner is finalising consultations with children and young people about the National Principles and what is important to them in terms of safety and wellbeing.
The National Children’s Commissioner has also briefed Australian Government officials and Australia’s Children’s Commissioners and Guardians on the National Principles, and continues to advocate for child safe organisations through speeches, conferences and meetings.
The Australian Human Rights Commission established two advisory groups to assist with development and implementation of the National Principles.
The Implementation Advisory Group is co-chaired by the Commission and the Commonwealth Department of Social Services. Its members include representatives of key sectors working with children and young people.
The Consumer Advocacy Advisory Group is co-chaired by the Commission and Families Australia. Its members include researchers and advocates in the areas of disability, children and young people, parents, mental health, family and domestic violence and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services.
The list of members of the advisory groups is available here.
Updates on advisory group consultations are included in the Child Safe Organisations project monthly e-newsletters.
In January 2018, the Child Safe Organisations project held a forum on Child Safe Organisations and cultural safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.
The Hon Ken Wyatt, MP, Minister for Indigenous Health opened the forum, which was co-chaired by the National Children’s Commissioner and Richard Weston, CEO of the Healing Foundation. Indigenous leaders in the fields of health, mental health, and child and family support attended.
The forum considered a background paper on cultural safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.
The forum also sought feedback on the draft National Principles and on how cultural safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people can be implemented across a broad range of organisations. Key themes emerging from the forum were outlined in the Child Safe Organisations project’s February 2018 e-newsletter.