Child Safety Standard 6
Child Safety Standard 6 – People working with children and young people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and well-being values in practice.
Clubs should focus on
- Recruitment, including advertising, referee checks, and staff and volunteer pre-employment screening, emphasize child safety and wellbeing.
- Relevant staff and volunteers have currently working with children’s checks or equivalent background checks.
- All staff and volunteers receive appropriate induction and are aware of their responsibilities to children and young people, including record keeping, information sharing and reporting obligations.
- Ongoing supervision and people management are focused on child safety and well-being.
Documents required for compliance
- Employment advertising needs to include a commitment to child safety and well-being.
- All position descriptions set and demonstrate clear expectations in the role, regarding requirements, duties, and responsibilities regarding child safety.
- Organizational recruitment, human resources, and volunteering policies describe:
- Those within recruitment positions understand those who they appoint in roles are suitable to work with children, in line with policies.
- Pre-employment screening practices include interviewing, referee checks, working with children check, and other registration or background checking.
- Requirements for an induction about the organization’s child safety practices.
- How supervision and people management practices will support ongoing assessment of a person’s suitability to work with children.
- Induction documents for staff and volunteers
- The code of conduct.
- The child safety and Wellbeing policy
- Information about the organization’s child safety practices and complaints process as well as reporting, record keeping, and information sharing obligations.
Actions required for compliance
- The ability of a candidate to fulfill the child safety requirements of each role is assessed before the recruitment of new staff and volunteers, inclusive of
- Qualification, experience, and attributes
- Duties and responsibilities with children
- Measures required to manage any child abuse or harm risk including screening, abuse or harm risks, training, and supervision requirements.
- Information and guidance are given to staff on how to make child safety a priority in the recruitment process, including how to identify and manage any child safety concerns raised through the application, interview, and screening process.
- The recruitment process is inclusive of a rigorous process, attentive to the details of child protection, inclusive of
- Values based-interview questions to establish suitability to work with children.
- Pre-employment screening practices include referee checks, working with children check and other registration or background checking.
- Verification that required qualifications, registrations and working with children checks are valid and up to date.
- Keeping records of the recruitment process.