We are strengthening
our approach to keeping all children and young people safe from sexual abuse in Queensland schools and early childhood services by implementing the
Aware. Protective. Safe. strategy (PDF, 2.8MB).
The strategy reinforces
our commitment to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people and identifies how we are building on our existing
child safe environment by implementing the
national principles for child safe organisations.
The actions outlined in the strategy reflect our response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and additional initiatives to enhance our culture of awareness, protection and safety for all Queensland children and young people.
The Department of Education is committed to:
- ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all Queensland children and young people
- providing safe, supportive and disciplined environments for all children and young people across Queensland supporting our education partners to keep children and young people safe and well
- responding promptly to allegations of harm or risk of harm to children and young people in our care supporting people who have experienced sexual abuse
- providing a child safe environment through implementation of the national principles for child safe organisations.
Reflect—Respond to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and identify strategies to strengthen our approach.
Strengthen—Implement improvements to our approach and build the capacity of education partners through provision of information and resources.
Embed—Integrate improved strategies into core business for all members of the education community.
Review—Assess the efficacy of our approach and identify strategies to strengthen our approach with evidence-based best practice.
Our implementation values
We will consult with children and young people in the decisions that affect them and listen to what they have to say.
We will reflect equity and the diverse needs, lived experiences and cultural safety of all children and young people in our approach.
We will work with our families and communities to ensure they are aware and equipped to recognise, prevent and respond to child sexual abuse.
We will implement the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations and respond to recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
We will continuously improve our understanding and approach to preventing and responding to child sexual abuse.
National principles for child safe organisations
national principles (PDF, 1.9MB) were created by the National Children’s Commissioner and build upon the child safe standards that were recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in their final report, released in 2017. The national principles were endorsed by the Council of the Australian Governments (COAG) in February 2019.
The strategy uses Aware. Protective. Safe. to organise the
national principles into areas of implementation focus. The Department of Education currently satisfies the principles and will continue to review and strengthen its approach as an ongoing commitment to the safety and wellbeing of Queensland children.