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Glossary


Term
Definition
Affiliate

A person associated with CSIRO but who is not a staff member, namely:

  • contractor
  • consultant
  • secondee
  • visiting scientist
  • honorary, post retirement or volunteer fellow
  • student
Child/ren and young person/people
A person who is under the age of 18 years.
Child abuse

Abuse includes any act committed against a child involving:

  • physical violence
  • sexual offences
  • serious emotional or psychological abuse
  • neglect
  • ill-treatment
  • child exploitation
Child safe organisation
An organisation that meets child safe standards by proactively taking measures to protect children from abuse and harm.
Child safety
Measures to protect children from abuse.
Child exploitation

Includes one or more of the following:

  • committing or coercing another person to commit an act or acts of abuse against a child
  • possessing, controlling, producing, distributing, obtaining or transmitting child exploitation material
  • committing or coercing another person to commit an act or acts of grooming or online grooming
  • using a minor for profit, labour, sexual gratification, or some other personal or financial advantage.
Child protection
An activity or initiative to protect vulnerable children who are suspected of being abused, neglected or harmed, or whose parents are unable to provide adequate care or protection. 
Contractor
A person contracted by CSIRO, or a person engaged by a business entity contracted by CSIRO, to perform work for or provide goods or service to, CSIRO, under a contract or agreement. 
Staff member
A person appointed by CSIRO under section 32 of the Science and Industry Research Act 1949.  
Harm
Any detrimental effect on a child’s physical, psychological or emotional wellbeing. Harm may be caused by financial, physical or emotional abuse, neglect, and/or sexual abuse or exploitation whether intended or unintended. 
Policy
An official CSIRO Policy Framework document.
A policy defines CSIRO’s commitment and responsibilities to an area.
Policies are mandatory to all staff members and CSIRO affiliates, sites and operations.
Policies are approved by the CSIRO Board.
Policies apply to all of CSIRO.
Risk
The likelihood of anything occurring that can cause harm or loss to a child. 
Risk assessment
The process of evaluating activities and programs to identify and mitigate the risk of harm to children. 
Volunteer An individual who engages in child-related work for CSIRO for no financial reward or remuneration. 
Work with children
Work with children means being engaged in an activity with a child or young person, where contact (either physically or online) with the child or young person would reasonably be expected as a normal part of the activity and the contact is not incidental to the activity.

Work with children may include, volunteering or other unpaid work. Work with children may also include circumstances where the individual, in performing their duties has access to personal information relating to children and young people.

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