Child Wise works to protect children and young people from harm by building the capacity of child-focused organisations to prevent, identify and respond to risks of abuse.
The Commissioner for Children and Young People in Tasmania recently focused on the health and wellbeing of children in the State.1 The Commissioner’s 2018 Report found:
Emotional abuse and neglect of younger children make up the majority of child care and protection issues in the State.
Approximately 55 children and young people out of every 1,000 are the subject of child protection notifications in Tasmania. This is the third highest in all states and territories and higher than the national rate (42.6 per 1,000).
The number of children and young people in out-of-home care has been slowly increasing over the past few years. At 30 June 2017, 1205 children were in out-of-home care.
Child Wise provides industry-leading training to staff and volunteers. It works with organisations to implement a robust child safety framework by providing consultancy, coaching and accreditation services.
1. Read the report here.
On October 30, Child Wise experts will run the first of the organisation’s Introduction to Child Safe Practice public workshops in Hobart, teaching the key elements of child-safe practice and how to apply them in day-to-day interactions with children and young people.
This training is suitable for staff and volunteers who work with children and young people and will explore the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to deepen participants’ understanding of how to keep children safe within their organisation.
Child Wise Executive Director Jane French is excited to expand the organisation’s footprint into Tasmania.
“We are thrilled to be providing services in Tasmania and look forward to supporting local organisations to keep children safe,” Ms French said.
“The services Child Wise provides are thorough, evidence-based and unique, and are fully informed by the recommendations of the Royal Commission.
“In anticipation of the Australian Government’s commitment to the adoption of national child safety principles, Child Wise is pleased to be offering our award-winning child safety training throughout Australia, starting with Tasmania.”
To seek support for your organisation to become child safe please contact Child Wise on 1300 CHILD WISE or visit www.childwise.org.au