Creating child safe organisations
The Victorian Government is committed to driving cultural change in organisations across the state to make Victoria safer for all children.
Response to the Betrayal of Trust Inquiry
Creating child safe organisations is a key component of the Victorian Government’s response to the report of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and other Non-Government Organisations (Betrayal of Trust Inquiry). This work is focused on strengthening organisations’ approaches to preventing and responding to child abuse.
For further information about the Betrayal of Trust Inquiry response, please visit the Department of Justice and Regulation website (external site).
Child safe standards
The Child Safe Standards are compulsory minimum standards that apply to organisations that provide services for children in order to help protect children from all forms of abuse.
Further information on 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 web page of the Commission for Children and Young People.
tel. (03) 8601 5281
Schools and education providers
Information for schools and education providers is available from the Protect web page of the Department of Education and Training.
Organisations funded or regulated DHHS
Information for organisations funded or regulated by the Department of Health and Human Services is available on the DHHS Child safe standards resources web page.
tel. (03) 9096 0000
Introduction of a reportable conduct scheme
To improve oversight of how organisations respond to allegations of child abuse and child-related misconduct, a reportable conduct scheme will be implemented in phases from 1 July 2017.
The benefits of a reportable conduct scheme include:
- identifying individuals who pose a risk to children, but do not have criminal records, and enabling them to be excluded from working with children
- independent oversight of responses to allegations of child abuse and child-related misconduct against workers and volunteers in organisations
- building the capacity of organisations to respond appropriately and effectively to allegations of child abuse and child-related misconduct.
The reportable conduct scheme will be administered by the Commission for Children and Young People.
The reportable conduct scheme will not interfere with reporting obligations to Victoria Police or with Victoria Police investigations. In all circumstances, allegations of criminal conduct must be reported to Victoria Police as the first priority.
What will an organisation need to do?
The reportable conduct scheme will require certain organisations with a high level of responsibility for children to:
- Ensure that the person in a relevant position of authority (such as the Chief Executive Officer) in the organisation is made aware of and reports any allegation of reportable conduct made against a worker or volunteer to the Commission for Children and Young People. In all circumstances, allegations of criminal conduct must be reported to Victoria Police as the first priority.
- Ensure appropriate investigation of the allegation. For example, for regulated organisations, the investigation may be undertaken by a government department or statutory body. For other organisations, the investigation may be in accordance with existing workplace investigation practices used to determine whether a worker should continue to be employed at the organisation.
- Report any findings and the reasons for the outcome of an investigation to the Commission for Children and Young People at the conclusion of the investigation.
For the types of organisations, see Reportable conduct scheme - frequently asked questions document below.
- Reportable conduct scheme - fact sheet (Word, 52.2 KB)
- Reportable conduct scheme - frequently asked questions (Word, 70.0 KB)
The Commission for Children and Young People is working with the Department of Health and Human Services to prepare for the implementation of the reportable conduct scheme. Further information will be available on this website and the website of the Commission for Children and Young People in the coming months.
Department of Health and Human Services
tel. (03) 9096 0000