Safer WA for Children and Young People

Implementing the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to create a safer WA for children and young people – it’s up to all of us.

The Western Australian Government apologises unreservedly for the sexual abuse of children in Western Australian Government institutions.

Safer WA for Children and Young People was developed as part of the Western Australian Government's implementation of the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Latest news

Feedback sought for child safeguarding in local government consultation

Local government authorities and relevant stakeholders’ feedback is being sought on the draft Child Safe Awareness Policy which aims to reduce the risk of harm and child abuse in local communities.

Release of harmful sexual behaviours practice framework

Another key milestone in the State Government’s implementation of Royal Commission recommendations

  • The Australian Centre for Child Protection has launched the WA arm of its national program, which focuses on supports, training and research for children who have been sexually abused or are displaying harmful sexual behaviours. Media statement (30 May 2022): Australian Centre for Child Protection launches WA program.

Important changes to legislation to further protect children now in effect

Commissioning for Child Sexual Abuse Therapeutic Services 

  • A range of activities is currently underway to inform future commissioning of services that support safety, healing and recovery for children and families who have experienced child sexual abuse. 

Increased funding announced to protect the State’s vulnerable 

Have your say

  • We want to hear from organisations about the work that you have undertaken, plan to undertake or are currently progressing to implement the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.

2021 WA Progress Report

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Page reviewed 7 July 2022