Safe Ministry Resources
HELPLINE 1800 070 511
Safe Ministry Resources
HELPLINE 1800 070 511
Safe Ministry Resources
HELPLINE 1800 070 511

PROTECTING CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE

Protecting children and young people is at the heart of SMR’s services.

This is in line with the teachings of Jesus whose actions proclaim children as the ‘greatest in the kingdom of heaven’ and exhorts his followers to welcome them in his name (Matthew 18:1-14, Mark 9:37 & Luke 9:48). 

We are committed to helping our clients provide ministry programs and events that are both child safe and child friendly. This includes being proactive in our approach to child protection by empowering children to be ‘abuse proof’, and working with parents and the community in creating safe organisations.

We live in a country which has high commitment to keeping children and young people safe. We see this expressed in legislation and government policy relating to the protection of children and vulnerable people.   

It is essential that those who work with children and/or young people can access up to date information about protecting them.

This page has links to state and territory websites which provide guidance for creating child safe environments, and reporting concerns about children.

State and territory governments are working towards, or have already made, a commitment to these standards, and at a national level these standards have become the 10 National Principals for Child Safe Organisations. 

These weblinks will provide you with helpful government, and some non-government, information about protection of children and young people in Australia.

STATE & TERRITORY GOVERNMENT CHILD PROTECTION AGENCIES FOR REPORTING ABUSE

NSW - Department of Communities & Justice
ACT - Child & Youth Protection Services
VIC - Department of Health & Human Services
QLD - Department of Child Safety, Youth & Women
WA - Department of Communities Child Protection & family support
SA - Department for Child Protection
NT - Child Abuse Hotline
TAS - Department of Health

STATE & TERRITORY
CHILDREN’S COMMISSIONS/GUARDIANS

National office of Child Safety
Australian Capital Territory - ACT Human Rights Commission
Northern Territory - The Children’s Commissioner
NSW - Office of the Children’s Guardian
Queensland - Family & Child Commission
South Australia - Commissioner for Children & Young People
Tasmania - Commissioner for Children & Young People
Victoria - Commission for Children & Young People
Western Australia - Commission for Children & Young People

OTHER HELPFUL WEBSITES


Cyber Safety - eSafety Commissioner
Human rights commission
Australian Institute of Family Studies 1800 respect
Parentline
Bravehearts
Cyber Safety
Kids Helpline
NAPCAN

Safe Ministry Resources can also provide customisation services to your organisation for the implementation of the Safe Community Framework.

The Safe Ministry/Community Framework is developed and owned by Safe Ministry Resources Pty Ltd. It is freely available to organisations to use and adapt with permission. Please contact us at [email protected] to seek permission. 

Disclaimer: These publications are not legal advice. The ideas and procedures herein are based on nationally recognised good practice advice and have been written with due regard to Australian legislation March 2020.  Legal advice may need to be sought when responding to individual incidents.

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