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Child Matters Workshop: Creating a Safe Organisation

July 01, 2015 at 5:38 PM

Creating a Safe Organisation

Venue: Confirmed on enrolment
Cost: $360 + GST* (*includes course fees and resources)

  • Does your organisation have a Child Protection Policy?
  • Are there clear guidelines for safe working practices?
  • Are there clear guidelines for safe recruitment of staff?
  • Is your organisation compliant and in alignment with current legislation?

Creating a safe organisation for children demonstrates your commitment to providing environments where children can feel respected, valued and encouraged to reach their full potential.
However, safe environments for children do not just ‘happen’. Creating a safe organisation requires an understanding of the many ways in which children can be at risk of harm or abuse, and the creation of clear and decisive actions to minimise the potential risk and respond appropriately should abuse occur.
This two-day workshop will provide participants with information about how to create a safe environment for children. It provides advice and guidance on key components of a child protection policy as well as a practical toolkit to review, develop and implement your policy so that staff know what to do when they are concerned about the welfare of a child or young person.


Participants will learn:

  • How to advocate for the children and young people in your organisation's care
  • The key elements of a Child Protection Policy
  • How to review or develop a Child Protection Policy that is robust and effective
  • Best practice guidelines for safe recruitment of staff and staff behaviours, including screening and vetting
  • How to identify when children and young people are vulnerable to abuse and neglect, and recognise signs and indicators of abuse
  • How to respond to children who they suspect may be being abused or neglected or who disclose abuse
  • Guidelines and procedures for reporting abuse
  • Legal framework for child protection within New Zealand, including an update on recent legislative changes through the Vulnerable Children Bill

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