Minister for Human Services
Forums Encourage Tasmanian Organisations to be Child Safe
20 April, 2015

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to working with organisations throughout Tasmania to strengthen the safety of children.

Forums jointly hosted by the Commissioner for Children and the Department of Justice are helping to raise awareness of how to create child safe environments.

While it is important for children to be involved in a range of activities in the community, not all experiences have been positive, to say the least.

Organisations – including schools, businesses, child care centres, sports clubs, and youth groups – all have a duty of care toward children.

The recent work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has served as a stark reminder of the importance of committing as an organisation to keeping children safe from harm.

The Government is continuing to roll out background screening through the Working with Children Registration program, and while these checks are important, they are not enough on their own.

The forums held in Hobart today and Launceston tomorrow provide the opportunity for participating organisations to learn from and support one another in improving the way they manage potential risks to children.

A child safe organisation is one where steps have been taken to help keep children safe from physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

The forums are a two-way exchange, with the organisations helping the Commissioner for Children and the Department of Justice in developing and refining child safe strategies.

On behalf of the Government, I commend forum participants for their commitment to making our children safer.