Child safe environments

Children and young people have a right to be safe and protected at all times, including when accessing services in the community.

The Children’s Protection Act 1993 requires all organisations providing health, education, welfare, sporting or recreational, religious or spiritual, child care, or residential services wholly or partly for children to develop policies and procedures to create and maintain a safe environment for children and young people.

In this context, a child safe environment is an environment which is both child-safe and child-friendly, where children feel respected, valued and encouraged to reach their full potential.

A child is any person less than 18 years of age.

What does my organisation need to do?

As part of its obligation to establish and maintain a child safe environment, an organisation must:

Child safe environments also include a legal requirement for people to report suspected child abuse and neglect to the Child Abuse Report Line (13 14 78). This is known as mandatory notification.

Organisation in this context includes a wide range of bodies who work with children, including businesses, services providers and incorporated and unincorporated groups. An organisation may also consist of a single person.

Find out more about:

If you have a question that is not answered on these pages, you can email DECDChildsafe@sa.gov.au or phone 08 8463 6468.

Important information

On 11 April 2015 changes to the Children’s Protection Act 1993 will commence.

These changes will extend the child safe environments provisions of the Children’s Protection Act 1993 to organisations that provide cultural, entertainment or party services wholly or partly for children.

The changes will also require that:

who provide certain services to children to obtain prescribed evidence relating to their relevant history before conducting business (ie a national police certificate, or a relevant history assessment conducted by the DCSI Screening Unit).

The services that are covered are health, welfare, education, sporting or recreational, religious or spiritual, child care, cultural, entertainment, party or residential services that are provided wholly or partly for children.

Information sessions for affected organisations will commence in February 2015. To register your interest and for further enquiries regarding these legislative changes, please email DECDChildsafe@sa.gov.au

These webpages are currently being updated. Please check in mid-January 2015 for further information about these changes.

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