Child Wise has been responsible for many outstanding achievements in the protection of children, both in Australia and overseas. In recognition of these achievements we have received the following awards:
- 2014 Port Phillip Business Excellence Awards - Partnership & Corporate Social Responsibility for Not For Profits
- 2005 Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award (Certificate of Merit)
- 2003 Overall winner of the National Child Protection Awards (for the Choose with Care program)
- 2002 Victorian Crime Prevention Award (Certificate of Merit)
- 1999 Australian Council for Overseas Aid Human Rights Award
- 1996 Australian Human Rights Award
- 1995 The Australian Tourism Award
- 1993 Anti Slavery Award
Child Wise has achieved significant recognition and credibility within the sector and from Government for our award winning and innovative prevention programs.
"Schools face the daunting task of managing an ever growing list of compliance requirements. All are important, but some have the potential to greatly impact on the lives of our students. Our College sought to proactively develop a higher standard of child protection and conducted an exhaustive search of available resources. We chose Child Wise to assist us with this process. Child Wise provided outstanding support and guidance as we progressed through the validation process. Assistance was freely offered as we developed a myriad of updated policies and considered new avenues to improve our child safety protocols. The Child Wise team addressed our Board and dedicated time to detail the important changes to our College staff and our students. We are grateful to the Child Wise team in assisting us complete the comprehensive process leading to our proud listing as a Child Wise school."
- Leibler Yavneh College
"We commend the work of Child Wise in terms of getting out there and trying to assist a lot of agencies to become child safe... We know Child Wise has done some great work.”
- Victorian Commissioner for Children and Young People
Child Wise provided Placement Solutions with a streamlined process to setting us up as the first nanny agency to be Child Wise accredited. It was really important for us, as we care for a diverse range of families, who trust in us to ensure their children are safe in our hands. Working with Child Wise was easy; the team offered education, support and a confidence to our trained staff. We had our policies in place and really wanted to ensure that all our staff and families were protected. Pen and her team's assistance in bringing our policies, education and support for our staff was outstanding. We now have 5 fully accredited child protection trainers, a child protection policy booklet, and are fully on board with the Child Wise guidelines.- Placement Solutions
"Wimmera Uniting Care recently underwent an external review with Child Wise with the aim to become a recognised and certified Child Safe organisation. Our organisation experienced a pleasant, courteous and highly professional approach throughout the entire process with Child Wise. The onsite review process was conducted over a two day period and in a manner that caused minimal interruption to the day to day operation of our organisation. The review was thorough, insightful and conducted in a respectful way that made staff comfortable with the auditor.
The Child Wise 'Choose with Care' training is also core and mandatory training for all employees at Wimmera Uniting Care and is presented by passionate, highly experienced and knowledgeable staff at Child Wise.
In light of this, Child Wise will remain the preferred organisation to conduct Child Protection awareness training for Wimmera Uniting Care for the foreseeable future.”
- Wimmera Uniting Care
“On behalf of Uniting Church Camping (UCC), I have no hesitation in commending the work of Child Wise. .. The support, advice and training provided by Child Wise has been pivotal in our organisation implementing a 'Child Protection Policies and Procedures' framework that specifically meets the needs of the context within which we work. Even more importantly, our partnership with Child Wise enabled UCC to professionally provide a higher standard of care and protection to young people and our staff. The support of Child Wise meant that this was achieved in a very timely and effective way.
The dedication and effort of the Child Wise staff with whom we have worked has been very impressive. They took the time and care to familiarise themselves with our specific needs. From this perspective they then applied their significant professional expertise in a collaborative and constructive manner.
I have no hesitation recommending Child Wise to other community organisations aspiring to provide improved child protection services."
- Uniting Church Camping
From my very first communication with Child Wise it was clear that we had selected the right organisation to support the school in a detailed audit of our child protection practices, policies and the culture that supports child safety and wellbeing. Child Wise was highly recommended and their development of a clear framework of 12 Standards enabled a thorough analysis to be completed. The staff training provided was undertaken with professionalism, sensitivity and integrity which enabled staff to enhance their understanding. As a result of the work undertaken the school was pleased to receive certification as a Child Safe Organisation, which includes key reviews to be undertaken each year. Through our successful partnership with Child Wise we have worked together to ensure that the school will continue to do all that it can to provide a child safe environment into the future. I would not hesitate in recommending Child Wise to other school communities and have already done so."
- WA Private Anglican School
"When I recently phoned Child Wise I spoke with a counsellor who was professional, calming, sharp with detail and considerate in relationship to the intensity of a difficult situation.
I found them to be remarkably unrushed and patient throughout the whole 1 hour conversation. Their conclusions and suggestions were empowering to me personally, as they kept reinforcing that it was I who had come up with each course of action I decided to take. At the conclusion of the phone call I felt clear-minded to step forward with an action plan which I had personally developed.
Having dealt with many people regarding child welfare throughout my career of 18 years as a counsellor, chaplain & pastor, this conversation far surpassed my expectations. I would not hesitate to recommend Child Wise for gaining perspective, confidence and courage to step forward in complex situations involving the welfare of young people."
- Director of a children's service provider