Have your say on how well the community sector is faring in making our system the safest it can be for children by implementing the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations (National Principles).

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommendations emphasised that organisations working with children must be able to provide safe environments where children's rights needs and interests are met.

In February 2019, the Council of Australian Government endorsed the National Principles which are underpinned by a child-rights approach and are designed to build capacity and deliver child safety and well-being in organisations.

In Western Australia, the Department of Communities is leading the implementation of the National Principles and to ensure we get it right, in partnership with the Western Australian Council of Social Services and the Youth Advisory Council of Western Australia, we have commenced a project to consult with the community services sector on the awareness, capacity and progress to date in implementing the National Principles.

Online survey

Phase one of the project comprises a comprehensive online survey for community sector organisations engaged in child-related work. The survey has been developed in consultation with a range of stakeholders including the Western Australian Council of Social Services Children's Policy and Advisory Council, Department of Communities Out-of-Home Care reference group, the Commissioner for Children and Young People and other partner government agencies. The survey seeks to identify organisations’ readiness and capacity in implementing the National Principles, along with any emerging challenges.

Community sector organisations are being contacted directly, but the survey can also be completed online. Please help to spread the word to your networks encouraging staff in community sector agencies to complete the survey.

The survey will be open from Monday 13 January to 7 February 2020. You can ask any questions about the survey or the community services sector consultation project by contacting csaroyalcommission@communities.wa.gov.au