Information for children, young people, parents and carers
At The Salvation Army, we are always working to create an environment where children and young people feel comfortable and empowered to ask questions and have their voices heard.
We also encourage that as a family, you and your loved ones feel free to share your experiences and opinions on issues that are important to you and your children.
If you have any feedback you would like to share, please contact us.
The rights of children and young people
The Salvation Army encourages children and young people to understand their rights. Children’s rights – as set out in the Convention on the Rights of the Child – include the right for children and young people of all cultures and abilities to be treated fairly, to have a say about decisions affecting them and to be safe no matter where they are.
- Being treated fairly, no matter what
- Having a say about decisions affecting you
- Living and growing up healthy
- Having people do what is best for you
- Knowing who you are and where you come from
- Believing what you want
- Finding out information and expressing yourself
- Being safe, no matter where you are
- Being cared for and having a home
- The right to education, play and cultural activities
- Access to help and protection if you need it
Sourced from Australian Human Rights Commission
Information for children and young people
Top tips for children and young people on how to make a complaint
Video by the Commissioner for Children and Young People, WA
Speak up and make a Complaint poster (National Office for Child Safety)
Speak up and make a Complaint flyer (National Office for Child Safety)
Convention on the Rights of the Child
Want to find out more about the rights of children and young people? Check out the Child Friendly Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Our commitment to your safety and wellbeing
Read our Commitment and learn what we’re doing to keep you, children and young people – safe and well.
Code of conduct
Read our Code of conduct for safety and wellbeing to know what you can expect from us when you come to learn, play or pray.
What is child abuse
Child Abuse can take many forms – such as physical, sexual, emotional, neglect and exploitation. To find out more, read our information about what to do and who to tell.
How to make complaint
Are you feeling unsafe, concerned or hurt? – You should tell someone about it. Read our information on how to make a complaint.
- eSafety website provides useful information to help you stay safe online, this safety information is available both for children and young people
- Kids Helpline offers free 27/7 phone (1800 55 1800) and online counselling service for young people
- eHeadspace offers free online support and counselling to young people
Information for parents and carers
At The Salvation Army, we understand how important families are. Therefore, we work closely with parents and carers to develop and refine our approach towards the safety and wellbeing of children and young people.
Resources for parents and carers:
- Helping children and young people to Speak up and make a Complaint (National Office for Child Safety)
- National Principles for Child Safe Organisations Factsheet for Families and Communities (Sourced from the Australian Human Rights Commission)
- Teach your child how to keep themselves safe (Sourced from Commission for Children and Young People)
- eSafety website also provides advice for parents and carers to help children have safe experiences online
- Parent's safety guide from Kidsafe website
- Kids Helpline guide for parents and carers
- eHeadspace website offers free online support and counselling to families and friends