At Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT the safety of our Members is paramount. For the Guides, this means that we always do everything we can to ensure that the children in our care are kept safe.
As a part of this larger mission we carefully observe our legislative responsibilities. Each Australian state and territory has its own working with children requirements and as an Association, we adhere to the Child Safe Child Friendly Framework for Girl Guiding in Australia.
This Framework signals Girl Guiding in Australia’s ongoing commitment to an environment where girls are safe, protected and respected, and where they can be supported to discover their potential as leaders of their world.
Girl Guiding has always had a child safe lens but with times changing it was important that we pulled everything we have done historically together under one umbrella. Also included in the Framework are some new procedures to make sure Girl Guides comply with the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations as agreed to by all Australian Governments in 2019.
The Framework provides clear guidance for everyone involved in Girl Guiding to understand their role in helping to keep children and young people safe, and to build on the Child Safe Child Friendly Community that is central to Girl Guiding in Australia.
You can find the Child Safe Child Friendly Framework on the website Guide Lines for Girl Guides and Volunteers
The Framework empowers girls, actively encourages the development of confidence and self-esteem, and supports a safe space where they are heard. Listening to the views and wishes of all our Girl Guides and giving them a strong and clear voice is a central platform of the Framework.
Statement of Commitment
Girl Guides NSW, ACT & NT is committed to creating child-safe environments that promote learning and enjoyment and is committed to the ten elements of child-safe organisations which have been identified by the Royal Commission:
- child safety is embedded in institutional leadership, governance and culture
- children participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously
- families and communities are informed and involved
- equity is promoted and diversity respected
- people working with children are suitable and supported
- processes to respond to complaints of child sexual abuse are child focused
- staff are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children safe through continual education and training
- physical and online environments minimise the opportunity for abuse to occur
- implementation of Child Safe Standards is continuously reviewed and improved
- policies and procedures document how the institution is child safe.