As a society, we expect that all children who enter any environment should return home safely. As such, we expect organisations in our community who interact with children to be proactive in their duty of care. Yet research indicates approximately one in five children, or 59,000 children per year, will be sexually harmed in some way before their 18th birthday. Research varies but suggests that between 9 and 20% of child sex offenders locate their child victims through the offender’s place of employment or through organised activities such as sporting or recreational venues.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is changing community expectations for child protection and will likely result in changes to legislative obligations for all organisations, be they public, private, commercial or not-for-profit.
Now is the time to demonstrate a commitment to child protection.
Every organisation that has assumed the responsibility for the care, education or employment of children has also assumed a legal duty of care for those children. This responsibility exists whether the contact with children is through paid employment or in a voluntary capacity. By not understanding or managing child protection risks, an organisation could be held to account for their actions or inaction.
To address this issue, Bravehearts and EY have formed an alliance to help organisations work to better protect children.
Together we bring you ChildPlace Health & Safety (‘ChildPlace’), a risk management initiative, set to shift the way organisations protect children from sexual assault and which we believe is the next generation of Workplace Health & Safety.
ChildPlace combines Bravehearts’ experience as a leading child protection advocate and EY’s established ability to help organisations identify and manage risk.
ChildPlace is designed to assist organisations of any type and size to:
- Address structural and cultural gaps that create opportunities for child sexual assault and harm;
- Address a lack of documented organisational child protection measures;
- Initiate the launch of next-generation Workplace Health & Safety;
- Decrease organisational risk exposure.
It invites organisations to:
- Strive to become a child safe organisation.
- Undertake a comprehensive ChildPlace risk identification process.
- Incorporate organisation-specific child protection measures into Workplace Health & Safety procedures.
- Empower individuals in the organisation to recognise and appropriately respond to child harm.
Benefits to organisations include:
- Contributes to an organisation’s ‘duty of care’.
- Contributes to corporate social responsibility and customer and employee engagement.
- Influences change through management, education and procurement practices.
- Becomes part of the organisational culture, embedded in existing procedures and practices.
What is your organisation’s child protection risk profile?
Take this simple 5-8 minute ChildPlace Health & Safety Assessment Tool and then submit for analysis.
If you’d like to speak with someone about incorporating safe workplace practices in your organisation, please contact our Training Team on 07 5552 3000, or complete the Expression of Interest form below.