The Creating Child Safe Organisations conference will explore what organisations can do to ensure the safety of children in their care. It will look at what can be done now as well as policy and mandates that may occur in the future.
Presentations will come from senior people in the Royal Commission, Government, OOHC, Schools, Religious institutions, Disability Services and Sports and Recreational groups.
This conference will cover
- Implementing a child safe culture and standards
- Cultivating supportive environments to empower children
- Strengthening incident reporting and investigation
- Using evidence to inform best practice
- Upskilling staff with the skills & knowledge to protect children
- Improving information sharing across organisations
- Update from a Royal Commissioner
- NSW Deputy Ombudsman
- 10 practical case studies
- A youth commissioner
- Personal story as told by a survivor
- and more...
Organisations, institutions and departments who have care or responsibility for children, including:
- Out-of-home care
- Disability services
- Sports and recreation groups
- Quality & Review
- Child Protection
- Wellbeing & Pastoral Care
- Residential/Client Services
Attend to learn:
- Update following the Royal Commission & future direction
- Implement a child safe culture & framework
- Improve incident reporting & responses
- Equip staff to support child safe environments
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Robert Fitzgerald AM is a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission and was a Commissioner on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse for 5 years. He has been a full time Commissioner with the Productivity Commission since
January 2004, other than during the period of the Royal Commission. Prior to that appointment Robert was the NSW Community and Disability Services Commissioner and Deputy Ombudsman. Robert, a commercial lawyer by profession, has a diverse background and extensive experience in commerce, law, public policy and community services, including extensive involvement in many not-for- profit agencies. He has served on numerous NGO boards and committees including previously as President Australian Council of Social Service. Robert was the inaugural Chair of the Advisory Board, Australian Charities and Not-for- Profits Commission. Robert has been a commissioner or panel member on 17 national inquiries in economic and social policy areas. . Robert holds degrees in commerce and law from the University of NSW and an honorary doctorate from the Australian Catholic University. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1994.
Deirdre is the current CEO of Barnardos Australia, a non-government leading child protection charity,and is a well-known and respected leader in the child welfare sector with a professional career spanning over 35 years in family support, child protection and out-of-home care. Deirdre is also currently Deputy Chair of the NSW child welfare peak body, the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA).
Steve has been the NSW Community & Disability Services Commissioner and Deputy
Ombudsman for 14 years. Prior to this, he was the Assistant Ombudsman (Police) for eight
Years. Steve has legislative responsibility for reviewing and promoting improvements in community and disability services; reviewing the deaths of people with disability and children; handling complaints about government and non-government community and disability services; and ensuring relevant agencies appropriately respond to reportable incidents involving people with disability in supported accommodation and allegations of child abuse made against ‘employees’. He has also had extensive involvement in reviewing service delivery and justice issues affecting Aboriginal communities. Steve has close to 30 years of investigative experience, and has also worked as a solicitor and run his own consultancy practice.
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What People Are Saying
“For us that once had no voice, now we can be heard. And for us whose lives
were destroyed, now we can begin to heal”Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
“… If the problems we have identified are to be adequately addressed, changes must be made.”Royal Commissioner, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse