Angli­care launches chil­dren’s char­ter

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

AN or­gan­i­sa­tion that works with some of the com­mu­nity’s most vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren has re­leased the Char­ter of Chil­dren’s Rights.

Angli­care WA based the char­ter on the United Na­tions’ Con­ven­tion on the Rights of the Child to pro­vide chil­dren with a plain lan­guage and il­lus­trated guide to their rights and en­ti­tle­ments.

Chil­dren’s con­sul­tant Tunya Petridis said the pur­pose of de­vel­op­ing the char­ter poster and ac­com­pa­ny­ing re­sources was to make Angli­care WA a safer or­gan­i­sa­tion for chil­dren.

One of the rec­om­men­da­tions for be­com­ing a Child Safe Or­gan­i­sa­tion is to make an ex­plicit, public and vis­i­ble com­mit­ment to the rights of chil­dren,” she said.

“The poster re­flects our com­mit­ment to child safety and en­cour­ages chil­dren to come for­ward and speak with staff if they have safety con­cerns.”

Ms Petridis said Angli­care worked with some of the most vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren in the com­mu­nity through a num­ber of its ser­vices.

“Chil­dren who have ex­pe­ri­enced trauma and abuse – do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, sex­ual abuse, ne­glect – we also pro­vide foster care for chil­dren and young peo­ple,” she said.

“This char­ter is a re­minder that chil­dren are peo­ple, too, and any breaches of these rights will be taken very se­ri­ously. It’s im­por­tant that we make the time to lis­ten to chil­dren, take se­ri­ously what they have to say and then take ac­tion in re­sponse.”

To ac­com­pany the char­ter, Angli­care WA pub­lished a range of child-friendly re­sources.

The re­sources in­clude a video that asks chil­dren about their rights, a poster and a chil­dren’s book ti­tled You Have the Right to…

The poster and book ex­plain the char­ter through il­lus­tra­tions of WA an­i­mals.

Tunya Petridis


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