Child safe standards resources
Victoria has introduced compulsory minimum standards for organisations that provide services for children to help protect children from abuse.
The Child Safe Standards form part of the Victorian Government’s response to the Betrayal of Trust Inquiry (the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Non-Government Organisations).
Education, awareness raising and helping organisations to create and maintain child safe environments will be the initial focus of the Child Safe Standards.
More information about the organisations in scope can be found on the In scope organisations for Child Safe Standards page on this site.
The Child Safe Standards do not alter any existing requirements to hold a Working with Children Check.
The Commission for Children and Young People will be the oversight body for the Child Safe Standards from 1 January 2017.
For organisations funded or regulated by government, it is intended that monitoring of organisations’ implementation of the Child Safe Standards will be undertaken through existing mechanisms.
Consultation to inform the development of the Child Safe Standards occurred from late 2014 to early 2015 with approximately 160 government and community sector stakeholders.
Download the consultation report:
- Betrayal of Trust implementation: Child safe standards and capacity building - Consultation report 2015 (doc, 222.0 KB)
Overview of the Victorian Child Safe Standards
An overview of the Victorian Child Safe Standards has information to assist organisations understand the requirements of each of the Child Safe Standards, including examples of measures they can put in place and a self-assessment tool:
Child Safe Standards toolkit
The Child Safe Standards toolkit for organisations includes tools and templates that organisations can download, and use and adapt:
- Resource 1: Good leadership and governance in child safe organisations (doc, 55.5 KB)
- Resource 2: Child safe policy and statement of commitment (including sample child safe policy and statement of commitment to child safety) (doc, 70.5 KB)
- Resource 3: Code of conduct (including sample code of conduct) (doc, 59.0 KB)
- Resource 4: Human resources practices for child safe organisations (doc, 61.5 KB)
- Resource 5: Recruitment practices for child safe organisations (doc, 83.0 KB)
- Resource 6: What to do when an allegation of child abuse is made (doc, 65.5 KB)
- Resource 7: Sample incident report template (doc, 68.0 KB)
- Resource 8: Self audit tool (doc, 78.5 KB)
Information sessions about the Child Safe Standards
Information sessions about the Child Safe Standards were delivered in 2015 and 2016. A PowerPoint presentation from the information sessions is available for download:
For further information about the Betrayal of Trust Inquiry response, please visit:
- the Betrayal of Trust implementation page of the Department of Justice and Regulation website or
- the Child sexual abuse prevention and response page on this site.
Further information about the Child Safe Standards, including a range of advice, resources and templates and information on the scope of the Child Safe Standards is available from the Child Safe Standards page of the Commission for Children and Young People website.
Tel. (03) 8601 5281
Schools and education providers
Information for schools and education providers is available from the Protect web page on the Department of Education and Training website.
Early childhood services operating under the National Quality Framework or the Children's Services Act 1996 should contact:
Licensed children's services enquiry line: 1300 307 415
Organisations funded or regulated by the Department of Health and Human Services
Queries from organisations funded or regulated by the Department of Health and Human Services can be directed to:
Tel. (03) 9096 0000