Overview

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.

How can I participate?

The consultation period has now ended. Thank you for your participation!

Please note:

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.

Survey

Q1. What best describes your interest in the review of the Victorian child safe standards?

*This survey is designed to be completed by organisations, peak bodies, staff, parents, other stakeholders and children aged 16 or above.

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Q3. Were you aware of Victoria's child safe standards before this consultation process?
Q4. Do you have a good understanding of the child safe standards?
Q5. How did you find out about the child safe standards?
Q6. Please rate the degree to which you agree or disagree with the following statements.
Strongly agree
Agree
Disagree
Strongly disagree
Don't know
The child safe standards are easy to understand.
The child safe standards are easy to implement.
The organisation I am involved with has implemented the child safe standards.
The organisation I am involved with is applying the child safe standards effectively
The child safe standards have led to improved child safety in the organisation I am involved with.
Q7. Do the child safe standards support the organisation you are involved with to create a safe environment for:
Strongly agree
Agree
Disagree
Strongly disagree
Don't know
Aboriginal children
Culturally and/or linguistically diverse children
Children with a disability
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1 star = Not child safe at all, 10 stars = Extremely child safe

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The survey form is now closed. Thanks for your contributions.

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 cssreview@dhhs.vic.gov.au or you may contact the department’s Information Sharing and Privacy team by emailing privacy@dhhs.vic.gov.au.

For more information on the department’s collection, use and disclosure of personal information, please refer to the department’s privacy policy through our website: https://dhhs.vic.gov.au/publications/privacy-policy