The Victorian Government is reviewing the child safe standards and the associated regulatory scheme to ensure that they are as strong as possible.
The review seeks to inform the government about how the Victorian child safe standards have been understood and implemented by organisations in their initial period of operation in a way that promotes improvements in the child safe culture in organisations, and whether the regulatory scheme that supports compliance with the child safe standards is operating effectively. The review will also provide valuable evidence about Victoria's experiences in implementing and regulating compulsory child safe standards to inform ongoing work on the development of a nationally consistent approach to child safe standards in Australia.
How you can participate in the review of the child safe standards
An issues paper and survey have been published on the Engage Victoria platform to seek stakeholder feedback to inform the review. We invite you to respond to the issues paperon the Engage Victoria website and participate in the survey. For more information and to access the issues paper and survey please visit https://engage.vic.gov.au/victorian-child-safe-standards-review
We also ask you to share the consultation link widely with your networks, memberships and stakeholders and anyone else who you believe would like to contribute to this important review.
The closing date for the consultation and the survey is Friday 22 February 2019.
If you have questions about the review, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
What are the child safe standards?
All Victorian organisations that provide services or facilities to children, or employ children, are required by law to comply with the child safe standards. The child safe standards are comprised of three overarching principles and seven broad standards. These have been designed to drive cultural change in organisations, so that protecting children from abuse is embedded in the everyday thinking and practice of leaders, staff and volunteers.
More information is available on the website of the Commission for Children and Young People https://ccyp.vic.gov.au/child-safety/being-a-child-safe-organisation/the-child-safe-standards/
Or on the Department's website: https://providers.dhhs.vic.gov.au/child-safe-standards