Endorsing the Charter of Rights
Agencies that endorse the Charter of Rights undertake to promote the Charter and support the rights in it for children and young people in care. Many endorse because the Charter aligns closely with their mission and values. As well, endorsement of the Charter is now required on many service agreements with government. By endorsing, agencies are able to access the many products and resources we provide and distribute them to children and young people in care.
The process of endorsement is not onerous. It is the simplest and most efficient way we can devise to understand who your agency is and how best to work with you.
Endorsing as a small practice or individual provider providing services to young people in care
Because full endorsement is not practicable or relevant for small practices and individual providers, they can apply to endorse by submitting a letter of application. We have prepared a proforma letter of application to endorse the Charter of Rights which contains all of the necessary statements. If you have any questions about this process, please contact The Guardian's oOffice on (08) 8226 8578.
The endorsement tool for organisations
We have created a simple online tool to help you understand what is involved in endorsing the Charter and to apply. You are free to enter and leave the tool as often as you like and accessing the tool puts you under no obligation to complete it or proceed to endorsing. Have a look at the tool and use the other resources on the Charter pages to fill in any gaps in your understanding or answer questions.
And of course feel free to contact the Charter Coordinator to discuss any issues as you go along and perhaps arrange a presentation to your Board or staff.
You can check out the endorsement tool now.
After you have applied
Once you click the 'done' button at the end of the endorsement tool, please allow some time for us to get back to you. This may take as long as ten working days. We will discuss it with you and clarify issues with you as necessary. Once completed, we will email you to confirm your endorsement and enclose a PDF version of your completed application. We can mail your certificate of endorsement to your organisation or organise a presentation.
Presentation of the Certificate of Endorsement
If you wish, the Guardian and some of the team will be pleased to attend your office at a suitable time (staff meeting, Board meeting, leadership team etc.) to sign and formally present your certificate(s) of endorsement. With your permission, we will publish a feature and photo of the presentation in our newsletter and website. Should you not wish any formality, we will mail you signed copies of certificate(s) for each of your sites.
The ongoing relationship
Endorsement is only the start of the relationship we would like to have with your agency. We will communicate regularly with your Charter Champion(s) with news about events and new products and interesting information about children's rights. We will make available information and products to your agency for distribution to children and young people in care and be available to advise your staff in their advocacy for the rights of children and young people in care.
We ask that your staff keep the wellbeing of children and young people in care foremost in your thoughts and make use of the Charter to advocate with them and for them. We ask that you maintain the display of Charter posters and materials at relevant sites and distribute other products as the opportunity offers. Finally, we ask that you maintain an awareness of the Charter and children's rights within your staff via staff induction and development, newsletters, team meetings and subscription to our electronic bulletins and social media.