Beyond compliance: Embedding safeguarding culture in working with children and vulnerable adults

Often, when we think about abuse of children or vulnerable adults, we think about the familial context. And while that is certainly where abuse is most prevalent, three Royal Commissions (Child Sexual Abuse, Aged Care, Disability) have shown us the risks, dynamics and vulnerabilities in relation to violence, abuse, sexual abuse, neglect and exploitation in the institutional context.

The result of the Royal Commissions is a complex system of safeguarding, which is often principles-based but compliance driven. This skews safeguarding activity to reporting, and risks missing the crucial elements of prevention, early detection and responding well. The Royal Commissions gave us many examples of organisations that were technically compliant, but where cultures did not support safe practice, and appalling abuse was enabled to occur and continue for lengthy periods. It is critical that organisations understand their context specific risk.

In this webinar, Sarah Lim, Lead Safeguarding Consultant and CEO of BBSafe will take participants through Building Blocks of Safeguarding Culture Framework – a culture led framework developed over the last decade which brings safeguarding to life for everyone in your organisation – from the board room to the frontline.

The Framework provides a lens for organisations to consider their own safeguarding risks, and in the webinar, Sarah will provide practical tips for making your organisation safer for the vulnerable people you work with. For management committees and boards, this webinar will provide a lens on governance and give board members insights on the types of questions they should be asking.

Event Details

Date: December 5, 2023
Time: 1pm - 2pm (Qld time)
Cost: Free
Hosted by: Community Legal Centres Queensland
Venue: Online


About the presenter:

Sarah Lim has worked in human services for over twenty years, across the government and not-for-profit sectors, specialising in institutional safeguarding and not-for-profit strategy and governance. 

With a legal background underpinning vast social and legal policy analysis and development experience, Sarah’s experience in institutional child safety, youth justice, corrections, women’s policy, domestic and family violence and not-for-profit governance and operations is grounded in her passion for social justice. 

Sarah is the CEO of BBSafe – the Building Blocks of Safeguarding Culture – working with organisations, boards, management committees, parents and the community to improve the safety of children and other vulnerable people in organisations. The BBSafe Framework is a culture-driven approach that cuts through the complexity of safeguarding, and contributes to safer cultures than a compliance-led approach, simplifying the safeguarding process so that everyone understands their role in keeping vulnerable clients safe. Sarah offers pro-bono tools and discussions with boards and organisations, with a view to helping them to identify their specific needs and then engaging as a consultant to support their culture change.  

Sarah is deeply committed to working with organisations, boards, businesses, families and communities to improve cultures of safety.   

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