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New criminal offences have been introduced to improve responses to child sexual abuse. What are they and how do they affect youth workers and the youth sector?

Youthlaw and YACVic have partnered to deliver interactive training sessions across the state that will cover:

  • ‘Failure to disclose’ offence (see below)
  • ‘Failure to protect’ offence (see below)
  • Mandatory reporting

$35 for YACVic members, $55 for non-members

Find your closest session below, and click to register. 

*Note: This webpage will be updated regularly as new sessions become available. To register your interest in a future session, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you will be updated when the session becomes available.



Morwell – Latrobe Community Health Service
November, 1pm – 3pm

Dandenong – City of Greater Dandenong Civic Centre
15 November, 10am – 12pm

Ballarat – Housey House Pizza – at the Forge Pizzeria
22 November, 12pm – 2pm

Bendigo – Bendigo Library Activity Room 1
23 November, 2.40pm – 4.30pm

Wangaratta – Wangaratta Performance Arts Centre – Memorial Hall
30 November, 2pm – 4pm


Port Fairy – Port Fairy Community House, Railway Place (Off Bank Street)
7 December, 11.30am – 2pm  *Light lunch provided by YACVic Rural


Three new criminal offences have been introduced to improve responses within organisations and the community to child sexual abuse.

The offences form part of the Victorian Government’s response to the recommendations of Betrayal of Trust, the report of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and other Non-Government Organisations.

‘Failure to disclose’ offence

A new offence came into effect on 27 October 2014 for adults who fail to disclose child sexual abuse to police. The new offence applies to all adults, not just professionals who work with children.

Any adult who holds a reasonable belief that a sexual offence has been committed by an adult against a child in Victoria must report that belief to police, unless they have a reasonable excuse for not reporting.

For information, a fact sheet is available to download from the Department of Human Services website.

‘Failure to protect’ offence

From July 1, 2015 a new ‘failure to protect’ offence applies to people within organisations who knew of a risk of child sexual abuse by someone in the organisation and had the authority to reduce or remove the risk, but negligently failed to do so.

For information, a fact sheet is available to download from the Department of Human Services website.

Grooming offence

A grooming offence is now in effect to target individuals who communicate with a child or their parents with the intent of committing child sexual abuse.

For further information about the Betrayal of Trust response, please visit the Department of Human Services website or the Department of Justice and Regulation website.” (Source: Victorian Government Department of Human Services website).

YACVic has a number of partner agencies. For more information click on the logos below.

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