Early Childhood Child safety in early education

  • By Heidi Ratje
  • This article was published more than 10 months ago.
  • 23 Aug 2023

The Child Safe Standards are a collection of 11 standards that outline the minimum requirements and identify the actions that early childhood services and child-related organisations must take to keep children and young people safe.

The Child Safe Standards help organisations to:

  • promote the safety of children

  • prevent child abuse

  • ensure that effective processes are in place to respond to and report allegations of child abuse

  • encourage children to ‘have a say’, especially on issues that are important to them or about decisions that affect their lives.

Engaging in regular conversations will increase co-workers’ confidence in understanding the standards and how to relate them to your programs and day-to-day practices. This includes knowing where to access processes and procedures for child safety, and where to find information that demonstrates your service’s commitment to the standards. 

It means working within your service to develop policies and practices that promote the safety and wellbeing of children and making that part of decision-making. 

We know the importance for all people of having a voice on matters that impact them – this includes giving children regular opportunities to ensure that their voices are reflected within the programs we teach.

Adding child safety as a permanent agenda item for your team, staff and committee meetings will help embed the practices and foster a sense of openness to engage with them.

We know the importance for all people of having a voice on matters that impact them – this includes giving children regular opportunities to ensure that their voices are reflected within the programs we teach. The standards reflect the safety, wellbeing and equity practices we have been working towards within the sector.

We must continue to be champions of children’s safety and wellbeing, creating a strong culture of safety within our early learning environments and community. What will you do, within your service and local networks, to ensure that Child Safety is part of your daily conversations, and that it underpins your programs and planning cycles?

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