Child Safeguard welcomes Government response to Royal Commission

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Photo by Lukas Coch/AAP

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Managing Director of Child Safeguard, Marco Blanco, welcomes the Federal Government’s commitment to making a national apology to survivors of child abuse, the creation of a national office for child safety, and the support for the 10 Child Safe Standards.

The Federal Government has accepted or accepted in principle 104 of 122 recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Government is considering a further 18 recommendations.

Marco Blanco stated,

Child Safeguard commends the Federal Government for accepting the creation of a new National Office for child safety, and by incorporating the Child Safe Standards into the National Principles. All child-related organisations should now be working towards implementing the Child Safe Standards to become a Child Safe Organisation. We now encourage all State and Territory Governments to work towards full implementation of the Child Safe Standards.

 


Child Safeguard congratulates all Austswim NSW Award winners

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Austswim Awards Nights 2018

Child Safeguard proudly sponsored the Austswim NSW Awards of Excellence which were held at the Epping Club on 25th May 2018.

Our Managing Director, Marco Blanco, represented Child Safeguard and introduced the MC, Elka Whalan.

Child Safeguard is specialised in providing child safe solutions to Swim Centres.

If you would like to learn more how Child Safeguard can help your Swim Centre, contact us on (02)92523198 to arrange a Free Consultation.

 


Child Safeguard Proud Sponsors of Austswim NSW Awards of Excellence

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Child Safeguard is proud to sponsor the Austswim NSW Awards of Excellence. The awards dinner will be held on 25th May 2018 at the Epping Club.

The Austswim Awards of Excellence recognise brilliance, commitment and innovation in the teaching of swimming and water safety.

Child Safeguard’s Managing Director, Marco Blanco, will be introducing the Master of Ceremonies for the evening, Elka Whalan. Elka is a dual Olympian, multiple medallist, mother of three young children, and TV personality.

Child Safeguard congratulates all nominees!


CHILD SAFEGUARD IN THE MEDIA

ABC News – Sentencing of Former USA Gymnastics’ Team Physician – 2018

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Marco Blanco appeared on ABC News to discuss the biggest child sexual abuse scandal in US sporting history. Judge Aquilina handed down a landmark 175-year sentence to Larry Nassar. Mr Nassar was the physician for USA Gymnastics and served at 4 Olympic games, and found guilty of numerous cases of child sexual abuse.

Mr Blanco discussed the implications of this case on Australian sporting bodies and the high risk of child grooming in sports. Mr Blanco emphasised the importance of implementing child safe standards to prevent abuse in sport.

You can find the full interview on ABC News here.


 

ABC News – Royal Commission’s Final Hearing

Managing Director, Marco Blanco

Managing Director, Marco Blanco

Marco Blanco, Founder and Managing Director of Child Safeguard appeared on ABC News on Thursday 14 December, to discuss the final hearing of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Mr Blanco noted that the handing down of the final report was,

a great opportunity for Australia to become world leaders in the protection and safeguarding of children.

Mr Blanco anticipated that the Royal Commission would recommend that organisations would be required to implement 10 Child Safe Standards, that are essential to creating a Child Safe Organisation. In addition Mr Blanco called for a National Approach to coordinate the implementation of the Child Safe Standards.

 

Click here to watch the full interview.


Latest News – May 2018

Child Abuse in Sports (USA) – May 2018

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Former world record holder and olympic swimmer, Ariana Kukors Smith, is taking legal action against USA Swimming, claiming that the governing body was aware that her coach was sexually abusing her as a child and failed to report the abuse to authorities.

Kumors Smith alleges that her former coach, Sean Hutchinson, began grooming her at the age of 13, which led to a sexual abuse when she was 17 years of age.

Kumors Smith stated,

Those at USA Swimming need to change the culture of protecting predator coaches over young and vulnerable athletes such as myself.

Read more at the guardian here.


Katoomba Circus School’s Sexual and Physical Abuse – May 2018

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Facebook | Photo by Brigitte Grant Photography

Three of the seven members from a regional performing arts school charged with 127 offences relation to the abuse of children, have been released on bail.

The group of seven people including a 17-year old girl, two women and four men, were charged with sexual and physical abuse charges relating to three boys at the Katoomba circus school between 2014 and 2016. The group has been charged with numerous offences including aggravated sexual assault of children under 10, sexual intercourse with children under 10, and aggravated kidnapping.

You can read the full article here.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Child Safe Training Workshop – Austswim Soak it up 18!

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Child Safeguard will be delivering a child safe workshop at the Austswim NSW splashout 2018 Aquatic Education Conference and Aqua summit on 21-22 July 2018.

It is vital to understand how to keep children safe in Aquatic Industry and how to become a Child Safe Organisation.

This workshop will provide Swim Centres with practical tools in how to implement Best Practice – the 10 Child Safe Standards.

Topics that will be covered are:

  1. Developing a Child Safe Policy for a Swim Centre
  2. Minimising risks in a Swim Centre
  3. How to detect and prevent grooming
  4. Complaints Handling
  5. Legal obligations
  6. How to train staff in child safety

This is a must for managers and swim instructors of swim centres. To register for the workshop follow this link, or contact Child Safeguard on (02) 9252 3198 for more information.


NEWS AND CURRENT ISSUES

Katoomba Circus School’s Child Sexual Abuse 

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Yyani Cook-Williams – Co-accused, Facebook

A group of seven people including a 17-year old girl, two women and four men, have been charged with sexual and physical abuse charges relating to three boys at the Katoomba circus school between 2014 and 2016.

The group has been charged with numerous offences including aggravated sexual assault of children under 10, sexual intercourse with children under 10, and aggravated kidnapping.

This case demonstrates the lack of child safe oversight in the performing arts industry, and the strong need for child safe standards to be implemented.

You can read the full article here.


Former School Principal Evades Extradition 

ABC News

ABC News

Malka Leifer, former principal of the Melbourne Adass Israel orthodox Jewish girls school, continues to evade extradition hearings after three years.

An Israeli psychiatric board had deemed Leifer too unwell to face the extradition hearing, and follows Leifer’s previous claims of anxiety and panic attacks.

You can read the full article on ABC News here.

 


ROYAL COMMISSION INTO INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSES TO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

Final Report – December 2017

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The Royal Commission handed down its Final Report on Friday 15 December 2017 after a five-year long inquiry. The Final Report contains 12 volumes worth of recommendations aimed at improving the child safety practices of Australian institutions, including schools, out-of-home care, and religious institutions. Each volume focuses on areas of child sexual abuse and common themes investigated by the Royal Commission.

Notably, Volume 6 titled ‘Making institutions child safe’ contains 10 key Child Safe Standards to be implemented across Australian institutions. The Final Report’s recommendations address the need to increase education and awareness about the prevalence of child abuse in Australia, and recommends additional services for all individuals affected by child abuse.

Importantly, the Royal Commission recognised the failure of Australian institutions to prioritise the best interests of the children. Instead, organisations prioritised their reputations, allowing the cycle of child abuse to continue. The Final Report recommended more consistent recordkeeping, information sharing, assessment of, and responses to child abuse within institutions.

The Royal Commission calls for a uniform national body to monitor the implementation of these recommendations.

Child Safeguard’s Managing Director, Marco Blanco, stated;

Australia now has an incredible opportunity to become world leaders in the protection of children and creation of child safe organisations. Child Safeguard calls on the Federal government to ensure the recommendations are implemented in full. We also call on child related organisations to implement the recommended Child Safe Standards, to ensure children and young people are protected from harm.

 


Supervision lacking in child drownings

461 children under five that drowned in the past 15 years, half were in backyard pools. Photo: Louise Kennerley

Photo: Louise Kennerley

The findings of research undertaken by the Royal Life Saving Society has found that in every case of backyard drownings involving a child under 5 in the last 15 years, there was a lack of active supervision.

In raising awareness of the importance of proper supervision, Ms Peden (National Research Manager, Royal Life Saving Society) told the Sydney Morning Herald “No supervised child has ever drowned”.

461 children under five have drowned in Australia in the last 15 years. With summer approaching, it is crucial that children are adequately supervised when swimming.

 


Child Safe Sports App – September 2017

Marco Blanco presenting at the Sport NSW Innovation Forum

Marco Blanco presenting at the Sport NSW Innovation Forum

Child Safeguard was pleased to present at the Sport NSW Information & Innovation Forum to present our work on the Child Safe Sports App.

Child Safeguard is partnering with the Sydney Sports Incubator (SSI), NSW Institute of Sport, and the Sydney Olympic Park Authority in the development of an App aimed at making children safer in Sports.

Child Safeguard currently works with Sporting Associations and Clubs in carrying out Child Safe Sports Audits, Providing Child Safe Training, and Drafting Child Safe Policies and Procedures.

Feel free to contact us on (02) 9252 3198 to learn more about Child Safe Sports.

 

 


 Let Kids be Kids

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Play by the rules, is promoting its national campaign, ‘Let kids be kids’, in an effort to stop poor sideline behaviour in junior sports.

 


Child Safeguard in partnership with the City of Sydney

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Child Safeguard is proud to have delivered training for the City of Sydney as part of the Connect Sydney program.

This innovative 1 day Child Safe training workshop provides participants with knowledge, skills, and evidence-based solutions in how to build a child safe organisation through the implementation of child safe standards. Areas covered in the workshop include:

  • How to develop a culture that is child safe
  • How to design child safe policies and codes of conduct
  • How to implement effective risk management procedures
  • How to implement best practice procedures in child safe recruitment
  • How to respond effectively to disclosures and incidents of abuse

The training content incorporates best practice standards in child protection and expert analysis from recent developments and recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the workshop, participants have an understanding of:

  • How to make your organisation Child Safe
  • Mandatory reporting legislative requirements
  • How to promote the participation of children and young people in your organisation
  • Working With Children Check requirements
  • Best practice findings and recommendations from the Royal Commission

Participants

This training workshop is designed for front line social workers, HR Managers, designated child protection officers, or any individual working in a child related organisation seeking to implement child safe best practices in their organisation.

 

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Child Safeguard in partnership with the Australian Human Rights Commission

Our Managing Director, Marco Blanco, was invited to provide a presentation at the TeachMeet Human Rights Talk hosted by the Australian Human Rights Commission in March 2017.

Marco gave a presentation about the importance of Child Protection in Education and highlighted best practice guidelines in how to create a child safe school.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Safe Children Conference 2018

Exploring the Royal Commission’s recommendations

When: Friday 2 March 2018

Where: International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour Sydney


Information Brochure

Please download a copy of our 2017 Brochure:

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Download: Child Safeguard Brochure