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1 Place Headline here ACWA conference August 2014 Working towards a Common response to child protection in an organisation with diverse frameworks, values and legislative responsibilities Bronwen Elliot Good Praxis Jennifer Evans Red Cross

2 Challenges in engaging in a national conversation and practice Organisational context Boundaries of child and family work within the values and principles of work of Red Cross Differing state/ territory legislative contexts Implementing the Policy – working in complex spaces Seeing children in all of our work

3 Key Influencers on organisational considerations & Sub- strategy areas 14 Ways of working Organisational renewal Management State National International focus Research Stolen Generation report Dropping off the edge- Vinson Bronfenbrenner's Bioecological model of development Wicked problems Strength based practice Think child Think Family -Scott Seven Fundamental principles Government changes impacting on service delivery context : Policy Funding Partnerships Accreditation Child Protection legislative changes Reviews/Royal Commissions States/Teritories National Policy context Child Protection Policy 2009, 2011, 2013

4 Seven Fundamental Principles Humanity Its purpose is to protect life and health and ensure respect for the human being. It promotes mutual understanding, friendship, co-operation and lasting peace amongst all people. Impartiality It makes no discrimination as to nationality, race, religious beliefs, class or political opinions. It endeavours to relieve the suffering of individuals, being guided solely by their needs, and to give priority to the most urgent cases of distress. Neutrality In order to continue to enjoy the confidence of all, the Movement may not take sides in hostilities or engage at any time in controversies of a political, racial, religious or ideological nature. Independence National Societies, while auxiliaries in the humanitarian services of their governments and subject to the laws of their respective countries, must always maintain their autonomy so that they may be able at all times to act in accordance with the principles of the Movement. Voluntary service Voluntary relief movement not prompted in any manner by desire for gain Unity Only one Red Cross or Red Crescent Society in any one country, open to all & carry on its humanitarian work throughout its territory. Universality IRCRC movement -all Societies have equal status and share equal responsibilities and duties in helping each other

5 7 Priroity Areas Social Inclusion Locational Disadvantage Migrant Support Emergency Services Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and partnerships Internal Humanitarian Law International Aid and Development

6 Child safe organisation: capacity building elements Capacity Building initiatives are grouped according to the following key elements: 1.Systems to ensure Adaptation, Innovation and Continuous Improvement 2.Governance and Culture 3.Participation and Empowerment of Children 4.Human Resources Management 5.Education and Training Community and Disability Service Ministers conference Creating Safe Environments for Children: National Framework Schedule A: Guidelines for building the capacity of child safe organizations 2005

7 Child Protection Policy Journey 2009 – Management vested in HR – All staff required to notify – Child protection week annual campaigns – Recruitment screening 2011 – Child Safe contact officer roles, recruitment and training – HR policy manager and national cross portfolio implementation committee – National Orientation and Induction training review and roll out – Recruitment processes 2013 – Accountability broadened: Snr Leadership group – Appointment of Child Protection Project Lead whole of organisational Internal programs – International accreditation – Partnerships – contractors and sub contractor focus – Child protection code of conduct – Operates within S/T legislation – Recruitment processes and resources – New training framework

8 Ways of Working 1. Applying the Fundamental Principles 2. Working as auxiliary to government and public authorities 3. Building on strengths 4. Focusing on prevention through early intervention 5. Working with partners and avoiding duplication 6. Embracing community development approaches 7. Acting on evidence 8. Advocating for vulnerable people 9. Valuing voluntary service 10. Focusing on areas of locational disadvantage to help build stronger communities 11. Engaging young people 12. Embracing diversity 13. Ensuring gender is a key consideration in everything we do 14. Acknowledging the impact of climate change

9 Jurisdictional legislative differences

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11 Further developments Revised Child Protection Policy Ways of Working with Children and Families Internal training opportunities Child support contact officers National Project Lead, Child Protection International scope, based on UN Convention

12 Key insights External factors – Changing policy contexts – Federated jurisdictional impacts in national organisation – Government leadership: Impact of legislation and training and recourses on workforce and organisational maturity; Implementation processes Visibility of children Unplanned consequences Organisational learning culture

13 Contact details Bronwen Elliott Good Praxis Pty Ltd Jennifer Evans, National Project Lead Child Protection

14 References Australian Red Cross: Australian Red Cross Strategy 2015: Working as One 2010 Inaugural vulnerability report: Inside the process of seeking asylum in Australia 2013 Change Growth and Renewal in Australian Red Cross 2013 External ARACY 2013 NEST National Plan for child well being ARACY Australian Institute of Family Studies 2014 Mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect Australian Centre for Child Protection Protecting and Nurturing Children: Building Capacity, Building Bridges is a project funded as part of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG)National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children Commonwealth Government 2009 Protecting Children is Everyone's Business: National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009–2020 and subsequent 3 yr action plans Community and Disability Service Ministers conference: 2005 Creating Safe environments for children: National framework Schedule A Guidelines for Building the capacity of child safe organizations July 2005 Bromfield,L., Lamont,A.,Parker,E.,Horsfall,B Issues for the safety and wellbeing of children and families with multiple and complex needs, the co occurrence of domestic violence, parental substance misuse and mental health problems National Child Protection Clearing House No Commonwealth of Australia 2008 The Road Home A national approach to reducing homelessness Commonwealth of Australia Fixsen,D., Blase,K.A.,Naoom.S.F.,Wallace,F :Core Implementation Components, Research on Social Work Practice, 19 (5), Gibson C 2010 Homelessness and child wellbeing Communities, Children and Families Australia v. 5 no. 1 May 2010: Scott D 2009 Think Child Think Family : How adult specialist services can support children at risk of abuse and neglect Family Matters, 81, 37-42


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