The Cook Government has provided $301,703 in funding to implement initiatives to support the community services sector to keep children safe.
The Western Australian Council of Social Service (WACOSS), who are the peak body for the community services sector, will manage the project in partnership with the Department of Communities and other key stakeholders.
The project will support the implementation of the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations and provide education and resources to build capacity across the community service sector, with a focus on small and medium-sized organisations.
There will also be an additional focus on working with Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations to develop culturally appropriate resources, to respond to the needs of Aboriginal children and young people.
The project implements recommendations from the Royal Commission, to support organisations in developing strategies and actions that promote child wellbeing and prevent harm to children and young people.
“At Youth Focus, the safety and wellbeing of young people is at the centre of what we do,” Emily Richards, Youth Focus Clinical Advisor, said.
“We are committed to ensuring that our people and services support all young people to thrive. We know this doesn’t occur through good intentions alone – a truly ‘Child Safe Organisation’ requires deliberate actions, prioritised resources and community collaboration.
“This funding by the Cook Government offers organisations like Youth Focus much-needed support to embed the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.
“By providing further resources, this initiative ensures that we can continue to design and deliver safe, high-quality services and most importantly, meet our responsibilities to young people and our communities.”
To find out more about how Youth Focus demonstrates the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations, please read our Statement of Commitment to Youth Safety and Wellbeing.