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Who we are

Our work

The Child Wise mission is to lead the world in transforming systems and institutions to keep children and young people safe from abuse and harm. Through consultancy, coaching and accreditation we help organisations strengthen their internal child safeguarding capacity and ensure compliance with child safety principles and legislation. We are a social enterprise of Save the Children Australia, who share our foundation in child rights. We work across Australia and the world, including New Zealand, the Pacific, Asia and the US.

We are rigorous, holistic and child-focused in our approach to building child safe cultures. We elevate the voice of all children and collaborate with leaders across institutions and systems to identify the barriers and enablers for change in safeguarding practice.

We seek out new sectors and new places across the world to generate child safeguarding impacts, with a particular interest in the opportunities and challenges of the digital world.

We take on the most insidious safeguarding problems to create real and meaningful safety for children and young people.

Our vision is a world in which children and young people are safe from harm, and societies, systems and institutions seek, include and respond to their voices.

Our history

Child Wise originated as a leading voice on child rights in the Asia Pacific region and was a founding member of the global ECPAT (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking) network. Since 1991, we have worked with government, non-government and corporate organisations in Australia and internationally, to build child safe communities and cultures. In 2018, we became part of the Save the Children Australia group, expanding our reach into 117 countries around the world. Child Wise was the first Australian organisation to develop safeguarding standards as a framework to protect children, and in 2018 we welcomed the Australian Governments’ endorsement of the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations, which reflect our pioneering work.