Accreditation is a visible recognition that Child Wise has worked in partnership with an organisation and is satisfied that it provides a safe environment for children.
Is your organisation Child Wise?
Child Wise provides an end-to-end service to help organisations where children and young people spend time meet the highest state and national child safe standards and demonstrate a best practice approach to child safety. The accreditation process is robust and methodical in ensuring quality and compliance. Our accreditation is designed to embed an organisational mindset that keeps children safe from harm within your organisation, one that is reviewed and maintained into the future. At the end of the process, your organisation will become accredited by a panel of experts in the field and you will be recognised as a Child Wise organisation.
Benefits of Accreditation
Child Wise is a pioneer and sector leader in organisational child safety, and as such, our Accreditation will serve as credible, visible evidence of your organisation’s commitment to child safety. It will reassure stakeholders, including children, young people, parents and carers, that your organisation prioritises child safety.
The Child Wise Approach
The Child Wise framework is multi-dimensional and aims to ensure your organisation has the capacity to:
- Prevent risk to children by building open and aware cultures, whilst targeting specific environmental and situational factors;
- Identify child safety concerns and intervene in child-focused ways;
- Respond to instances and allegations of abuse.
- Learn from serious incidents to drive continuous improvement; and
- Empower children of all ages to contribute to increasing their safety.
Accreditation Requirements in a Nutshell
Whilst detailed standards will differ depending on State/Territory, the following is a brief overview of the requirements you will be expected to achieve in order to be accredited by Child Wise.
- Child safe leadership arrangements and evidence which indicates leaders have established a culture of child safety
- Evidence that children, families and communities are actively involved in, and consulted about, child safety
- Child safe policies, procedures and codes of conduct
- Child safe arrangements for recruitment, selection, supervision and management of staff and volunteers
- Evidence of robust, child-focused risk management
- Evidence that organisations have built a sustainable child safe culture that includes ongoing staff education about child abuse.