Presentation Title: Embedding Child Safe Cultures in Organisations

We all want out children to be safe through all their day-to-day activities.   We each have a part to play in achieving this. Hear how to make your volunteer organisations child-safe by creating a culture of child safety into the things you do every day.  Some of the ways to so this include listening to children and young people, screening workers and volunteers and supporting workers and volunteers with resources and training.

The Office of the Children’s Guardian has recently completed public consultation on making the Royal Commission’s 10 Child Safe Standards compulsory and we are looking at how we regulate these standards.  We know that child-related organisations come in all sizes and have different capacity to implement standards.  Find out how we want to regulate flexibly, and how you’ll be supported with resources to help get ready for, and implement, the Child Safe Standards in NSW.

Biography

Janet Schorer is The Children’s Guardian in NSW. 

Janet began her career as a nurse with The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, before gaining qualifications as a child and adolescent psychologist.  Moving to the Department of Family and Community Services, she worked in case management combined with nursing and psychology support for people with disability and in child protection.  The next few years saw a gradual shift from case work to policy and program management leading to her appointment as Director of the Director General’s Office, Family and Community Services.

In 2014, Janet was appointed Executive Director of the NDIS Reform Group for the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet and led the Commonwealth negotiations and transition to the NDIS across NSW Government.

From her experience in caring directly for children and adults, and in designing and running care programs , Janet has seen how they both intersect – to be effective, good programs and systems need good people, and good people need good programs and systems.  As Children’s Guardian, Janet aims to build on the strengths of the networks of care that support children and young people in NSW so that they receive the best quality care and support throughout their young lives.