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 Betrayal of Trust implementation page of the Department of Justice and Regulation website.

Child Safe Standards

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). Since 1 January 2017 the Commission for Children and Young People is the oversight body for the Child Safe Standards.

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 web page of the Commission for Children and Young People.

More information about the Child Safe Standards and the toolkit for organisations can be found on the Child Safe Standards page on our Service Providers website.

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

Organisations funded or regulated by the Department of Health and Human Services

For queries from organisations funded or regulated by the Department of Health and Human Services:

Contact
Tel. (03) 9096 6160
Email childsafeorgs@dhhs.vic.gov.au

Schools and education providers

Information for schools and education providers is available from the Protect web page of 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

Reportable conduct scheme

To improve oversight of how organisations respond to allegations of child abuse and child-related misconduct, the reportable conduct scheme commenced in phases from 1 July 2017.

The reportable conduct scheme requires allegations of suspected criminal conduct to be reported to Victoria Police as the first priority and maintains the primacy of an investigation by Victoria Police of any allegations of criminal misconduct. In all circumstances, allegations of criminal conduct must be reported to Victoria Police as the first priority.

For more information see, Reportable conduct scheme on our Service Providers website.

 

 

 

 

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