PRINCIPLES OF APPLICATION.
From 1 January 2017 the Child Safe Standards (the Standards) will apply to post-school education and training providers in Victoria. The Standards apply to the safety of all children and young people across the range of services and activities of your organisation. A child or young person is defined as a person under the age of 18 years. In complying with the Standards, organisations must ensure each standard is understood and applied to their organisation and broader education and training community by promoting:
Research indicates that children from each of these groups are at a higher risk of child abuse and as such, the Standards require organisations to ensure they understand and address these risks appropriately in order to truly create a child safe culture. The following information outlines ways in which organisations can ensure they meet the standards and ensure the safety of each group outlined above.
Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements:
A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety. The Child Safe Policy or Statement of Commitment to Child Safety promotes and includes:
A code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children:
Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices
that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel:
Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse:
Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse:
Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children:
Further details please contact: Mark Darragh firstname.lastname@example.org or (03) 9580 8822
Department of Education and Training: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/protect/Pages/default.aspx
The Commission for Children and Young People: