Child Safe Standards

The Victorian Child Safe Standards aim to drive cultural change in organisations that provide services for children so that protecting children from abuse is embedded in everyday thinking and practice.

Do you need to comply?

Yes.

Conditions of Compliance

On 26 November 2015, the Victorian Parliament passed the Child Wellbeing and Safety Amendment (Child Safe Standards) Bill 2015 to introduce child safe standards into law.

Ministerial Order No. 870 was gazetted in January 2016. It sets out the specific actions that schools need to take to meet the child safe standards. A new minimum standard for school registration requires schools to meet the requirements of this Ministerial Order.

The standards will promote cultures where protecting children from abuse is part of everyday thinking and practice in organisations.

The standards are informed by three key principles that provide overarching guidance for organisations in implementing the standards:

  • promoting the cultural safety of Aboriginal children
  • promoting the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • promoting the safety of children with a disability.

The Child Safe Standards are:

  1. strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements
  2. a child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety
  3. a code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children
  4. screening, supervision, training and other human resource practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
  5. processes for responding to, and reporting, suspected child abuse
  6. strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
  7. strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.

If you have to comply, what do you have to do?

Ministerial Order No. 870 sets out the specific actions that schools need to take to meet the child safe standards. A new minimum standard for school registration requires schools to meet the requirements of this Ministerial Order.

Schools have until 1 August 2016 to meet the requirements of the Ministerial Order.

What are the consequences if you don’t comply?

Compliance with Ministerial Order 870 is a requirement for school registration.

Who will help you?

Independent Schools Victoria contact:

Peter Roberts
Director, School Services
Ph. 03 9825 7211
peter.roberts@is.vic.edu.au

Kieren Noonan
School Services Advisor
Ph. 03 9825 7275
kieren.noonan@is.vic.edu.au

Documents for Download

Word DocumentISV: Child Safe Standards Model Policy (Members’ Area password required)

PDFISV: Guidance in Creating Codes of Conduct (Members’ Area password required)

PDFVRQA: Ministerial Order 870 – Child Safe Standards – Managing the Risk of Child Abuse in Schools

Links and Resources

External linkISV: Child Protection/Mandatory Reporting

External linkISV: Amendments to the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic)

External linkVic DET: PROTECT

External linkVRQA: Child Safe Standards