Safeguarding Children Certification Program
What is the Safeguarding Children Certification?
Safeguarding Children Certification resources organisations to be confident that their policies and procedures meet the best practice standards for safeguarding children and are compliant with all legislative or other relevant requirements. It also provides all your personnel with the opportunity to complete minimum levels of training that meets standards across all jurisdictions.
We provide organisations with tools that will enable organisational policies and procedures to be benchmarked against best practice and minimum standards. Most organisations achieve certification within 12 months, and this remains valid for a maximum of three years.
There are three key stages to achieve certification.
We support you to develop a safeguarding children strategy by undertaking an analysis of your organisation’s characteristics and compliance requirements we ensure you are ready to implement your strategy for achieving certification.
We resource you to engage your stakeholders and develop an implementation plan which enables you to promote participation in the review/development of your policies and procedures.
We work with you to help implement the updated policies and procedures across the organisation, including a roll out training strategy for all of your stakeholders so that they feel empowered to enact their obligations in a sustainable way.
What is the difference between Safeguarding Children Accreditation and Certification?
Unlike our Accreditation Program, Certification does not include a face to face audit, assessment by an independent panel of experts or an ongoing annual review process. At the time of certification, you can choose to upgrade your safeguarding strategy and undertake the full Safeguarding Children Accreditation Program. This will allow you to independently validate that what your organisations have put in place to achieve certification is actually being implemented in the way it was intended.
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How do organisations achieve certification?
In order to achieve certification, we provide a dedicated Senior Advisor who will work alongside your implementation leader or team in order to guide you through all the stages of certification. You will then gain access to our online Safeguarding Integrated Management System which will enable you to access a policy and procedure bank, including engagement strategies and other tools. You will also be able to seek advice about the framing of your policies and procedures as you need it. Finally, you will be able to upload your policies and procedures for a careful review that will enable you to make any specific changes to ensure compliance.