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Australian businesses are coming together to safeguard children and young people

Australian Childhood Foundation in partnership with the Y are establishing a cross-sector business led initiative to drive action on child safeguarding across Australian businesses and improve outcomes for children and young people.

With funding from Westpac Group’s Safer Children, Safer Communities program, the initiative will bring together key decision makers and influencers from organisations that may not directly work with children and young people, but which may impact upon their rights and safety through their products, services and operations. Several leading Australian businesses have already indicated their intention to join.

The need for a child-safe culture within Australian businesses is a community priority, as noted in a recent consumer poll:

88.5% disagreed or strongly disagreed that, Australian businesses already give enough consideration to how their organisations can impact on children. (Forethought Australian Childhood Foundation Consumer Poll 2022)

This is a cross-sector initiative that seeks to bring together key decision makers and influencers from organisations that may not directly work with children and young people, but which may impact their rights and safety through their products, services, and operations.

More and more there is an expectation that businesses address key risks and impacts on the human rights and wellbeing of the most vulnerable in society.

This includes statutory expectations to embed the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations and the eSafety Commissioner’s Safety by Design principles as well as taking action to prevent child sexual abuse and exploitation through customers using financial platforms, technology and/or child labour across supply chains.

It is evident that child safeguarding should be part of any company’s commitment to an ESG (environmental, social and governance) framework, enhancing its potential value to investors and other important stakeholders.

If you or your business would like to learn more about the Childsafe Business Initiative, please contact Brigette McGuire, National Executive Manager, Australian Childhood Foundation below.

The Child Safe Business Initiative is bringing Australian business together to drive action on child safeguarding.This cross-sector initiative will collaborate to develop best practice solutions to understand how to create and sustain child safe end-to-end systems to provide assurance for your business and customers.