Child Protection Consultancies
Child Wise offers a range of child protection services. These can be fully tailored to your organisation’s needs. Please email or call us to discuss how we can help you to build a safer organisation for children.
Our Child Protection consultancy services include:
- Child protection audits
- Development of policies and procedures
As a not-for-profit organisation, Child Wise keeps our consultancy fees to a minimum to ensure that each organisation no matter what size, can create child safe environments.
Child Protection Audits
A Child Protection Audit typically involves a number of visits to your organisation to meet with staff, volunteers, parents and children and young people. Existing documentation will be reviewed and an analysis of child safe practices and procedures is conducted. A report is provided by Child Wise to your organisation which details this analysis and outlines recommendations for the development and implementation of further policies and practices with the aim to strengthen and maintain a child safe environment at your organisation. This service is ideal for schools, child care, children’s services, sporting groups, community and neighbourhood activities, school holiday programs, camps, and after school care.
Development of Policies and Procedures
If your organisation works with children, our Policy and Procedure Development service involves meeting with staff from your organisation to determine what should be included in your child protection or child safety policy. A first draft of a policy is prepared by Child Wise for your feedback. A final policy is then developed. Child Wise can also assist with implementation of the policy, and staff and volunteer training as part of this process. For organisations with an existing child protection policy Child Wise can provide a review on this and will subsequently provide recommendations for you.
Child Protection Risk Management Strategies
Organisations have a moral and legal responsibility to ensure that children are safe in their care. Child abuse is preventable. Once your organisation is aware of how and why child abuse occurs you need to consider the risks to children in your organisation and programs. Risk management is child abuse prevention. Only by identifying risks can you develop strategies to prevent child abuse. Child Wise can help you identify risks and develop and implement effective prevention strategies to minimise the risk of child abuse.
Child Safe Recruitment and Selection of staff
While Child Wise can provide advice on recruitment and selection of staff we also offer our Child Safe Recruitment Service. This service has been developed based on international models of best practice for Human Resources and safe staff and volunteer recruitment. The Child Wise, Child Safe Recruitment Specialists will develop your position descriptions and manage your advertising campaign, screen and process your applications, conduct interviews for positions which may include group sessions, and undertake your reference checks to assess the applicant’s background.
Individualised Training and Guidance on Child Protection
All organisations have different needs and structures. We can provide specialist training and guidance based on your child protection needs.
Crisis Management /Critical Incident Debriefing
Our child protection staff are specialised in the area of counselling and debriefing. If your organisation or individual/s within your organisation has experienced critical incidents, we can provide Crisis Management/Debriefing during and/or following the incident.