The child safe standards (standards) apply to all Victorian organisations that provide services or facilities for children or employ children or young people. The standards are a compulsory framework that support organisations to be safer for children. The standards require organisations to implement policies and procedures to make sure that the safety of children is promoted and to prevent, respond to and report allegations of child abuse. The standards aim to embed the protection of children from abuse in the everyday thinking and practice of leaders, staff and volunteers.
The department is undertaking a review of the standards to ensure that they are as strong as possible.
This review will also provide valuable evidence about Victoria’s experience in implementing and regulating the Standards. This will inform ongoing work in developing a nationally consistent approach to child safe standards in Australia.
The summary of consultations conducted for the review of the Victorian Child Safe Standards is now available below.
The Department of Health and Human Services is grateful to the many stakeholders, peak bodies, government departments and regulators who communicated information about the review and the public consultation to their networks. We thank the people who made written submissions and sought the views and experiences of the children and young people that they provide services to.
We heard from a large variety of organisations – some large organisations with sophisticated bureaucracies such as schools, municipal councils, health services and youth justice services; others are small providers including parent-led playgroups, photography services for children or volunteer sporting groups.
The input received greatly enriched the breadth and depth of evidence received by the review.
Privacy collection notice
The Department of Health and Human Services (the department) is committed to protecting your privacy. Sharing your views through the Engage survey and submission process will contribute to the review of Victoria’s child safe standards and will help the department ensure that the standards are as strong as possible in supporting organisations to be safer for children.
The department asks that when you participate in the survey and provide a submission that you do not include any personal information or health information unless you have consented via the Engage website to your submission being identifiable when quoted or published as part of the review. Please note that you can provide your contact details separately to the review team on the Engage website so that you can be advised of the outcome of the consultation. You may access the personal information that you provide to the department.
The department can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or you may contact the department’s Information Sharing and Privacy team by emailing email@example.com.