Update: ACU Safeguarding Children and Young People Portal
Published: Monday 12th February 2018
The ACU Safeguarding Children and Young People Portal provides a central pathway to the range of ACU research projects, professional development opportunities, and capacity-building tools that aim to support institutions to better safeguard children and young people from sexual abuse and other forms of harm.
Research and Resources: Access to a range of research reports and resources, including our research for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Practice Tools: Over the coming months, the Institute of Child Protection Studies will be providing resources to support organisations to keep children and young people safe.
Qualifications and Professional Learning: ACU provides a range of formal learning opportunities for new students and professionals seeking to develop specific skills and knowledge related to safeguarding children and young people.
Self-Assessment: The Institute of Child Protection Studies will be providing surveys and other resources that organisations can use to self-assess their progress towards supporting conditions of safety in organisations for children and young people (subject to a fee and sign-up procedure).
Researcher Profiles: Find out more about the expertise of ACU staff relating to the safety and wellbeing of children.
REGISTER to get involved in the Australian Safe Kids and Young People Survey
The ACU Institute of Child Protection Studies developed the Australian Safe Kids and Young People Survey (ASK-YP Survey), which measures how safe children and young people feel within organisations; the extent to which children and young people believe organisations demonstrate that they are child-safe; the organisation’s responses to safety issues and risks and barriers to safety within institutions; and how children and young people believe they and their organisations would respond if a child or young person was harmed.
We are inviting organisations to register to use the ASK-YP survey to gauge and monitor children’s perceptions of safety within their own institution. Organisations may include individual services, clubs, teams, schools, or groups; organisations and services that work across a range of locations, jurisdictions and service contexts; membership organisations such as sector peaks, industry groups, federated bodies and clusters of services and programs; and funding bodies and government agencies that contract services, supports and programs delivered to children and young people. The ASK-YP survey, which has been peer-reviewed by the ACU Human Research Ethics Committee, can assist organisations to assess children and young people’s perceptions of safety within their organisation, and track changes over time.
It’s leaders who are failing children: An online article highlighting the need for organisational leaders to respond accordingly to the Royal Commission, to maximise the opportunity for sustainable change.
All resources can be filtered by publication type and topic area.
In the News section of the Portal, read a new article by Professor Susan Edwards, published in The Conversation, about what we need to teach preschoolers about internet safety in a digital age. Professor Edwards discusses the three main risks faced by children online, including contact, conduct and content risks, and suggests ways that parents can teach children to protect themselves online.