Child Safety Standard 1 -Organisations establish a culturally safe environment in which the diverse and unique identities and experiences of Aboriginal Children and Young people are respected and valued.

Clubs should focus on

  1. A child’s ability to express their culture and enjoy their cultural rights is encouraged and actively supported.
  2. Strategies are embedded within the organization which equip all members to acknowledge and appreciate the strengths of Aboriginal culture and understand its importance to the wellbeing and safety of Aboriginal children and young people.
  3. The organization adopts measures to ensure racism within the organization is identified, confronted, and not tolerated. Any instances of racism are addressed with appropriate consequences.
  4. The organization actively supports and facilitates participation and inclusion within it by Aboriginal children, young people, and their families.
  5. The organization’s policies, procedures, systems, and processes together create a culturally safe and inclusive environment and meet the needs of Aboriginal children, young people, and their families.

Documents required for compliance

  • Public commitment to the Cultural safety of Aboriginal children is available for all to access.
  • Following policies and procedures relating to child safety and wellbeing; Child safety and wellbeing Policy, with a focus on cultural rights & expression, participation & inclusion. Aboriginal families & children, and a zero tolerance to racism.
  • Code of conduct regarding child safety.
  • Position description regarding child safety; both are in line with zero tolerance of racism and support for the Expression of Culture.
  • The companies Plan to establish a culturally safe environment.

Actions required for compliance

  • Incidences that involve racism or discrimination are consistently addressed, identified, and dealt with by anti-discrimination policy.
  • Steps are constantly refined and developed to identify steps already taken to
  • Support, guide, or train staff and volunteers, and leaders to understand, respect, and values of culture that are important to workers and team members.
  • Support, Encourage and facilitate participation and inclusion of cultural diversity from those within the workplace and team setting.
  • Recognize all cultures for what they bring to the team environment.
  • Create safe environments for all cultures to flourish.
  • The company must identify the person or team responsible for taking action, the resources available, and the timeframe.

About the Standards
What do they mean for your organisation

0. Step 1 Checklist
1. Developing a Child Safe Policy Guide
2. Child Safe Policy TEMPLATE
3. Guide for Developing a Code of Conduct
4. Code of Conduct TEMPLATE
5. Image use Consent Form TEMPLATE
Action Plan TEMPLATE
Review of Current Policies

CCYP Cultural Safety of Aboriginal Children Fact Sheet