The New National Principles

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The Australian Government is committed to ensuring that all Australian children are kept safe and well. To help achieve this the Commonwealth, State and Territory governments together with the Australian Human Rights Commission have been working to establish a nationally consistent approach to child safety and well-being in organisations. As a result a set of national principles have been endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments to help organisations build safe environments and cultures for children.

The National Principles reflect ten child safe standards recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and are the vehicle for giving effect to recommendations relating to the standards. The National Principles have a broader scope that goes beyond child sexual abuse to cover other forms of potential harm to children and young people.