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.
We invite organisations, their staff and volunteers, peak associations, relevant authorities and regulators, members of the community who work with children, children and young people aged 16 or above and parents to participate.
The Issues Paper is available for review in both PDF and accessible Word format followed by a short survey below.
Issues Paper for Review
How can I participate?
There are two ways you can get involved in the community consultation process. These are:
Complete the survey below.
Provide a submission
You can also provide a written submission. You can either upload your submission directly under the formal submissions section on this page or you can send by email to email@example.com.
When providing a submission please keep in mind that while the issues paper includes guiding questions, you don't need to respond to all of the questions.
Responses provided to the department for the purposes of this review will not be used for compliance or enforcement activity.
Your submission to this review is not the mechanism to make allegations of child abuse or child-related misconduct. If you suspect that a child is being abused or may be in immediate danger, you should call ‘000’ immediately and report the matter to police. If you hold concerns that a child might be in need of care or protection you should make a report to Child Protection. Please see: https://services.dhhs.vic.gov.au/reporting-child-a... for more information about making a report to Child Protection.
If an allegation of child abuse or child-related misconduct is disclosed to the department as part of this review, the department may be obligated to notify other organisations such as Victoria Police, Child Protection and the Commission for Children and Young People and share relevant information concerning the allegation with them.
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.