There are a range of different schemes and legal obligations that aim to protect children from the risk of harm, abuse and neglect.
These obligations apply to:
- approved providers of early childhood services
- service leadership
- educators and staff
- students on placements.
This page provides links to more detailed information and online training for all early childhood services.
The information applies to all providers and services regulated under the Education and Care Services National Law and the Children’s Services Act 1996.
The Child Safe Standards
Information and guidance for early childhood services about:
Your legal obligations to protect children
- duty of care obligations
- criminal offences - failure to disclose, failure to protect
- obligations under the Education and Care Services National Law and the Children’s Services Act 1996.
They must make a report to Victoria Police or Child Protection, if:
- in the course of practising their profession or carrying out duties of their office, position or employment
- they form a belief on reasonable grounds that a child is in need of protection from physical injury or sexual abuse.
Approved providers of early childhood services must respond to allegations of child abuse (and other child-related misconduct) made against their workers and volunteers.
Child information sharing and privacy
- promote the wellbeing or safety of children and
- facilitate assessment and management of family violence risk to children and adults.
The three schemes are:
- Child Information Sharing Scheme (CISS)
- Family Violence information Sharing Scheme (FVISS)
- Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM).
Problem sexual behaviour
Information for services to help them to differentiate, and respond to problem sexual behaviour in the best interests of the child.
Reviewed 11 July 2023