The Safeguarding Capabilities in Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Survey (Safeguarding Capabilities Survey) measures the capabilities of the workforce - staff and volunteers - in preventing and responding to safeguarding concerns.

It gives you an opportunity to reflect on the extent to which your organisation self-assesses the capabilities, behaviours and attitudes of staff in relation to safeguarding children by measuring the following:

  • organisational culture and awareness of policy and procedures
  • confidence to act
  • attitudes to prevention and agency of children and young people
  • situational prevention knowledge and education.

You can use that data to reflect on current safeguarding practices within your organisation, and go on to tailor specific policies, procedures and training programs to better equip your workforce in better practice to prevent child sexual abuse.

During the survey period, you will have access to real-time results. At the end of the survey period, you will receive a report to help you identify any gaps in policy and procedures, training, and concerns with workforce attitudes to child sexual abuse and its prevention. Addressing these will help improve safety for children and young people.

You are also invited to review your results in terms of how they align with the Australian National Child Safe Principles using tools we have developed. Read more about the tools.

More information

Read more about the Safeguarding Capabilities Survey, our prospectus and survey results:

Download prospectus

Safeguarding Capabilities Survey results 2018-19

Safeguarding Capabilities Survey results 2018-20

Safeguarding Capabilities Survey results 2021

Contact us for more information. Or click here to register your interest in the survey and we will get back to you.

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This portal is aimed at people working in youth-serving organizations to help them better prevent and respond to harm to children.

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If you believe a child or young person is in immediate danger, call Police on 000.

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Further information

For further information on crisis responses and reporting child abuse and neglect, see: Australian Institue of Family Studies website.

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