CSIRO is an organisation committed to child safety and to the implementation of Child Safe principles and procedures.

CSIRO is committed to the safety and well-being of all children and young people involved in CSIRO activities and programs. The welfare of the children in our care will always be our first priority. We aim to create a child safe and child friendly environment where all children are valued and feel safe.

CSIRO is currently drafting a Child Safe Policy and Child Safe Principles that outline the expectations of the organisation, our staff, and the affiliates and volunteers involved in our programs to ensure the safety of children in our care. The draft policy and principles outline CSIRO’s compliance with Australia’s State and Territory legislation and reflect recent updates to Commonwealth Government Child Safe legislation – including the Draft National Statement for Child Safe Organisations .

Have your say

The input of the community, our partners, volunteers and staff into the development of our Child Safe Policy and Child Safe Principles is important. From 29 May 2018 until 9 July 2018 we are seeking input and feedback on our draft Child Safe Policy and draft Child Safe Principles.

There are two ways that you can provide your input:

Questions and Answers

What is a Child Safe Policy?

Our Child Safe Policy outlines the expectations of the organisation, our staff, and the affiliates and volunteers involved in our programs to ensure the safety of children in our care. This policy reflects CSIRO’s commitment, as set out in our Health, Safety and Environment Policy, to safeguard the health, safety and wellbeing of our people, partners and the communities in which we operate. This policy also reflects CSIRO’s legal obligations in relation to the conduct of CSIRO’s activities involving contact with children in Australia and overseas. View our draft Child Safe Policy.

What are Child Safe Principles?

Our Child Safe Principles have been developed to give guidance to our staff, affiliates and volunteers when they are involved in CSIRO activities and programs involving children and young people. We expect all staff, affiliates and volunteers to be able to demonstrate they have given appropriate consideration to the principles, when dealing with children and young people and that they have full knowledge and acceptance of their accountabilities when dealing with children and young people involved in CSIRO activities. View our draft Child Safe Principles.

Why is CSIRO drafting Child Safe Policy and Principles now?

CSIRO has always had procedures in place to ensure the safety of children in our care, including ensuring compliance of our staff and volunteers with relevant State and Territory legislation. The Federal Government has also recently developed a draft National Statement of Principles for Child Safe Organisations incorporating ten child safe standards recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The National Statement has a broader scope that goes beyond sexual abuse to cover other forms of potential harm. As a Commonwealth agency, CSIRO is developing a Child Safe Policy and Child Safe Principles to ensure compliance with this National Statement along with State and Territory legislation.

What opportunities will the community have to comment?

Public consultation of the draft Child Safe Policy and draft Child Safe Principles is open between 29 May 2018 and 9 July 2018. We are welcoming comments on our draft policy and draft principles during this time.

The input of the community, our partners, volunteers and staff into the development of our Child Safe Policy and Child Safe Principles is important. We aim to provide ongoing opportunities to provide input into our Child Safe Policy and Child Safe Principles in the future and will periodically review the policy and principles to accommodate feedback.

When will the Child Safe Policy and Child Safe Principles be finalised?

At the end of the initial consultation period in July 2018, CSIRO will comprehensively review all submissions and make any necessary changes to the draft policy and draft principles. Additional external factors, such as the finalisation of the Federal Government’s draft National Statement of Principles for Child Safe organisations, will be taken into consideration and may impact the date for finalising CSIRO’s Child Safe Policy and Child Safe Principles. CSIRO will then need to follow an internal approval process before the policy and principles are published. During this period, CSIRO will continue to ensure compliance of our staff and volunteers with the relevant State and Territory legislation to ensure the safety of children in our care.

How can I get more information about CSIRO’s draft Child Safe Policy and draft Child Safe Principles?

For further information on the draft policy and principles, please contact childsafepolicy@csiro.au

How can I comment on the draft policy and principles?

Public consultation on the draft policy and principles is open between 29 May 2018 and 9 July 2018. You are invited to comment on the draft plan by sending a written submission via email or using the online submission form during this time.

Your input is important to us. We aim to provide ongoing opportunities to provide input into our Child Safe Policy and Child Safe Principles in the future and will periodically review the policy and principles to accommodate feedback.

To help us understand your ideas and the outcomes you want, we’ve provided some suggestions to help you write your submission:

  • Note which part or section of the policy or principles your comments relate to.
  • Give reasoning in support of your points — this helps avoid misinterpretation and makes it easier for us consider your ideas.
  • If you agree or support a particular part or idea in the policy or principles, please tell us.
  • If you disagree, please tell us specifically what you disagree with and why you disagree.
  • Be specific about the issues that are of concern to you. It is also helpful to suggest solutions or alternatives to managing the issue if you can.

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