This policy reflects our commitment to:
- the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations[Link will open in a new window]
- the Commonwealth Child Safe Framework [Link will open in a new window]
- CSIRO’s legal obligations in relation to activities involving working with children and young people.
Child safety and wellbeing is embedded in our organisational leadership, governance and organisational culture. We aim to create a child safe and child friendly environment where all children and young people are valued and feel safe.
CSIRO is committed to all the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations[Link will open in a new window]. The key principles for this policy are:
- All children and young people are valued and treated fairly, regardless of ethnicity, culture, sex, gender, social, economic, religion and ability.
- Ensuring children and young people are listened to and any concerns that they or their families raise are acted upon.
- Ensuring that children and young people involved in activities and programs know what they can do if they feel unsafe.
- Ensuring that children, young persons and their families know their rights and how to access the complaints procedures available to them.
We are committed to ensuring:
- all staff, affiliates and volunteers are responsible for ensuring a safe environment for children and young people.
- all staff, affiliates and volunteers who work with children or young people will be required to have a National Police Certificate and Working with Children/Vulnerable People Check in each state and/or territory in which they perform the activities involving children and young persons (including online or in person).
- All staff, affiliates and volunteers who have a reasonable suspicion or belief that a child or young person has been or is being abused or harmed by any person must notify, as soon as practicable, the Child Safe Officer who will assist in determining whether the matter needs to be referred to the law enforcement agencies.