What are the Child Safe Standards?
In Victoria, Child Safe Standards aim to protect children and young people from abuse in organisations, including physical violence, sexual offences, serious emotional or psychological abuse and/or neglect.
All organisations that provide services or facilities for children under 18 must implement 7 Child Safe Standards. The standards were introduced by the Victorian Government in response to the 2013 Parliamentary Betrayal of Trust Inquiry, which found that while the majority of children were safe in organisations, there were inadequate and inconsistent approaches to child safety in organisations across Victoria.
The standards aim to drive cultural change so that keeping children safe from abuse is at the forefront of all practice.
From 1 January 2016, organisations that deal directly with children and young people must adhere to the standards. From 1 January 2017, the standards came into effect for other organisations that provide services or facilities for children but receive little or no government funding, such as sporting groups and child entertainment providers.
There are 7 standards that organisations need to implement. For further information on Child Safe Standards, contact the Commission for Children and Young People.
YACVic’s statement of commitment to child safety
YACVic will not tolerate any abuse of children and young people.
As part of the Child Safe Standards, we commit to:
preventing the abuse of children and young people in our care, by identifying risks early and removing and reducing these risks
taking all allegations and concerns about abuse very seriously and responding to them consistently, in line with our policies and procedures
complying with all legal requirements, including reporting suspicions of abuse to police and/or child protection.
We actively work to hear and empower all children and young people involved with our organisation, through regular consultation and participation processes.
We celebrate diversity across our organisation. In particular, we promote the equal participation and cultural, emotional and physical safety of children and young people who are often marginalised. This includes children and young people who are Aboriginal, from refugee or migrant backgrounds, who are same-sex attracted or gender diverse, and/or have a disability.
All staff and volunteers employed by YACVic are responsible for the care and protection of children and young people who participate in our organisation and for reporting information about abuse.
If you have a concern about the safety of children or young people engaged with YACVic, its core or partner agencies, or you have a concern about any of our employees or volunteers, please contact our designated Child Safety Person, YACVic Chief Operating Officer, Shaye Chalmers, on 0437 088 384 or via [email protected].