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 .

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What is a Child Safe Policy?

Our Child Safe Policy will 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 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. The policy also reflects CSIRO's legal obligations in relation to the conduct of CSIRO’s activities involving contact with children in Australia and overseas.

What are Child Safe Principles?

Our Child Safe Principles are being 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.

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.

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