Child Safe Standards

01 January 2016
Child Safe Standards

New legislation introduced by the Victorian Government will take effect today to ensure organisations that deal with children have appropriate and consistent measures in place to prevent and respond to allegations of child abuse.

Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said the standards will drive cultural change in organisations so that protecting children from abuse is embedded in everyday thinking and practice.

From today the standards will apply to organisations that provide services for children and receive government funding or are covered by regulation or contractual requirements, such as hospitals, schools and early childhood services.

From 1 January 2017 they will apply to all other organisations that provide services or facilities for children but receive little or no government funding, such as sporting groups and child entertainment providers.

The standards were developed after extensive consultation with around 160 community sector and government stakeholders. They are backed up by comprehensive guidance materials, information sessions and templates and tools so organisations can create and maintain a safe environment for children, including:

The toolkit also includes a sample child safe policy, code of conduct and incident reporting form.

For more information visit: www.dhs.vic.gov.au/about-the-department/documents-and-resources/policies,-guidelines-and-legislation/child-safe-standards.

For more information about the way the child safe standards will be implemented in registered schools, visit: www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/Pages/childsafe.aspx

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