National Child Safe Policy Framework

This document provides a framework within which child safe policies within Uniting Church entities are to be developed.

It is the second iteration of the Framework, which takes into account the guidance of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, including its Creating Child Safe Institutions document, the report it commissioned from the University of NSW on the Key Elements of Child Safe Organisations and learnings from its published case studies and research.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse advises that to achieve a child safe organisation it is critical to have competent and committed leadership and governance which develops and maintains a child safe culture (Interim Report 2014, Volume 1, p 141). For this Policy Framework to be effective it requires awareness and knowledge at all levels, from Boards through to volunteers and congregational members. It requires a commitment to shared personal responsibility to ensure children are protected.

The National Child Safe Policy Framework was officially launched at Pitt St Uniting Church in Sydney in June 2017.

National Child Safe Policy Framework