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 wellbeing of all children and young people involved in CSIRO activities and programs (in person and online), including CSIRO work experience 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.

1. Recognising the best interests of the child

CSIRO is committed to upholding the rights of the child in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In all of our programs, activities and events involving contact with children, decisions will always be made with the best interests of the child as the primary consideration.

2. Child protection and safety is everyone’s responsibility

A commitment to child safety and wellbeing is embedded in CSIRO’s organisational leadership, governance and organisational culture. Our Child Safe Policy is Board endorsed and all CSIRO staff, volunteers and affiliates are responsible for ensuring a safe environment for children and young people.

3. Managing child protection risks

CSIRO seeks to protect children and young people by identifying and reducing risks to children and young people engaged in our programs, activities and events. We do this by conducting and updating risk assessments for all activities involving contact with children and young people.

4. Zero tolerance of child exploitation

CSIRO does not tolerate any form of child abuse or exploitation. Incidences of child exploitation involving CSIRO employees, affiliates or volunteers may result in disciplinary action and will be reported to the appropriate authorities.

5. Procedural fairness

CSIRO is committed to applying procedural fairness when responding to and making decisions concerning child exploitation and abuse.

6. Equity and diversity

CSIRO values and respects the diversity of all children and young people engaged in CSIRO activities, in Australia and overseas. All children and young people are valued and treated fairly, regardless of ethnicity, culture, sexuality, religion and ability.

7. Participation of children, young people and their families

CSIRO encourages and respects the views of all children and young people, their families and communities. We inform children and young people of their rights and seek input from children, young people or their families and their communities on the way we operate in creating a child safe environment.

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