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:

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:

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:

Further information

For further information about the Betrayal of Trust Inquiry response, please visit:

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.

Contact
Tel. (03) 8601 5281
Email childsafestandards@ccyp.vic.gov.au

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.

Contact
Email child.safe.schools@edumail.vic.gov.au

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

Email: licensed.childrens.services@edumail.vic.gov.au

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:

Contact
Tel. (03) 9096 0000
Email childsafeorgs@dhhs.vic.gov.au

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