Recent enquiries into child abuse in Australia have grimly revealed the immense damage that can be done to lives and indeed whole communities when individuals and institutions fail in their responsibility to protect children.
If there’s one thing that’s surely now very clear it’s that we all have a role to play in preventing and responding to child abuse, and we all must play a part – because it’s the law, because we need to protect our organisations from financial and reputational damage, but mostly because it’s the right thing to do.
The Child Protection Toolkit has been created by Moores and Our Community as part of our shared commitment to promoting child safety, and helping not-for-profit organisations ensure compliance with the complex web of legislation in this area.
The toolkit is designed to be read by school council members, principals and senior teachers, as well as board/committee members and senior managers of any not-for-profit organisation that works with children, though anyone can and should take it upon themselves to ensure every organisation is acting appropriately.
There’s so much at stake when organisations get it wrong. Conversely, those that face the issue head on with tenacity, courage and wisdom have an invaluable opportunity to prevent abuse and contribute to the healing of those who have suffered.