Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Hon Simone McGurk BA(Arts) BA(Comms) MLA

Minister for Child Protection; Women's Interests; Prevention of Family and Domestic Violence; Community Services

    New Royal Commission online resource to boost child safety

    13/10/2020 10:00 AM
     
    • McGowan Government launches Safer WA for Children and Young People online resource and Creating Child Safe Organisations brochure
    • Parents and organisations get access to latest information and advice about how to keep children and young people safe
    • Dedicated page for Western Australian children and young people to help them stay safe online, seek help and - if necessary - report allegations of abuse
    • Website to provide updates on WA's progress with implementing the Royal Commission - Child Sexual Abuse recommendations 

    The McGowan Government has launched its Safer WA for Children and Young People online resource, which will update the public on the implementation of recommendations made by the landmark Royal Commission into Institutional Reponses to Child Sexual Abuse.

     

    The online resource will serve as an all-purpose child safety hub, bringing together relevant safety tips and key information about keeping children and young people safe to make them accessible and easy to locate.

     

    It also features a dedicated page for children and young people to access information about online safety, effective ways to seek help and - if needed - how they can report allegations of abuse.

     

    Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk said the service highlighted the State Government's ongoing commitment to meeting its Royal Commission obligations and she was confident the community would find it to be a valuable source of information.

     

    Its webpages also provide information on support services for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse, and maintains a link to the Royal Commission website and the survivors' Message to Australia.

     

    The online tool will continue to be updated with the latest information on the progress of Royal Commission recommendations being implemented.

     

    Additionally, the Department of Communities has created a new public resource designed to aid recruitment and staff management processes through its Creating Child Safe Organisations brochure.

     

    The brochure provides practical and relevant information for organisations, and supports one of the 10 Child Safe Standards principles identified by the Royal Commission recommendations.

     

    For further information, visit the Safer WA for Children and Young People resource at

    https://www.wa.gov.au/government/safer-wa-children-and-young-people

      

    Comments attributed to Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk:

     

    "The McGowan Government is determined to deliver on its commitment to address the recommendations handed down by the five-year Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

     

    "Keeping children and young people safe must be a priority for all Western Australians.

     

    "In the face of rapidly changing technology, parents and guardians need to stay vigilant and educate themselves and the children and young people in their care about how to safely navigate our increasingly online and connected world.

     

    "The Safer WA for Children and Young People online resource will provide a unique and up-to-date online tool for adults and children alike to gain knowledge, find help and improve community safety outcomes.

     

    "The Creating Child Safe Organisations brochure will add significant and practical value to the recruitment and staff management protocols of all Western Australian organisations.

     

    "Ensuring the protection of children across the community is everyone's responsibility, and these new, focused resources will enable more people and organisations to fulfil this crucial role."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6600