Standard Two

Children and adults are safe, informed and participate

Children and adults are informed about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously

2.1 Children and adults at risk engaged in an entity’s ministry and/or services are informed about their rights, including safety, decision making, participation and how a complaint will be managed.

2.1.1 Age-appropriate strategies are used to engage with children, seek their views about what makes them feel safe; and enable them to participate in decisions that affect them.

2.1.2 Adults at risk (or carers where appropriate) are engaged to provide their views about decisions which affect them, what makes them feel safe and to contribute to safeguarding approaches.

2.1.3 The organisation makes children and adults at risk aware of their rights, including their right to be safe from abuse, and who to contact if they are concerned about their safety or the safety of others.

2.2 The importance of friendships is recognised and support from peers is encouraged, helping children feel safe and less isolated.

2.2.1 Children are provided with age appropriate information about safe and respectful peer relationships.

2.3 The importance of relationships and social connections for adults at risk is recognised and encouraged, helping them to feel safe and less isolated.

2.3.1 Adults at risk (or their carers where appropriate), are provided with information about safe and respectful relationships.

2.4 Where relevant to the setting or context, children and families are offered access to abuse prevention programs and related information that is age appropriate.

2.4.1 Children and families are provided with information, access and/or referral to abuse prevention programs, appropriate to the child’s age, development, ability, and level of understanding.

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