The report also suggests children and young people should have the opportunity to contribute to local area emergency management planning.
Initiatives such as child-friendly spaces – safe places where children can learn and play – are also recommended.
In revealing a lack of consistent emergency management across the country, the report recommends specific planning for the unique needs of children should be incorporated as a matter of urgency into all emergency plans at all levels of government.
Key findings include:
There is currently no standard practice in emergency management planning for the unique needs of children in Australia.
There is no local area planning identified that focuses on the most vulnerable children – those who are unaccompanied.
There is not a standard code of conduct for emergency management staff regarding working with children.