Child Safe Policy


Keeping children safe is everyone's responsibility

Everyone has a responsibility to keep children safe and prevent child abuse, including Waverley Council.

As an organisation that offers child education and care services, we understand the important role our staff play in the prevention of child abuse and are committed to creating safe places for children to thrive in our community.

In 2020, Council established a working group to review our Child Safe Policy. The group is also responsible for:

  • Responding to reports of child exploitation and abuse and policy noncompliance
  • Conducting child protection risk assessments, audits and spot checks
  • Monitoring internal and external compliance with the policy
  • Providing child protection training

To read Waverley Council's Child Safe Policy, please click here.

What is child abuse?

Child abuse is any physical or emotional ill treatment of a minor. It can take place in many forms such as physical assault, sexual assault, neglect, and emotional or psychological abuse. For more information on this topic, please visit the NSW Government's Office of the Guardian website

Where you can get help

If you or someone you know needs help, please see below for details on who you can contact for support:

  • In an emergency, please call triple zero (000)
  • If you think a child is at risk of abuse, please contact the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111
  • For confidential telephone counselling for people aged 5 to 25 years, please contact the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800