What are the child safety standards?

    All Victorian organisations that connect with children are required by law to comply with the Child Safe Standards. The seven Victorian Child Safe Standards are:

    1. Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, 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.

    Where can I find out more?

    For more information about the Victorian Child Safe Standards and what they mean for organisations, please visit the Commission for Children and Young People website. 

    What is Council already doing to be child safe?

    Council is leading the way in local government putting the Victorian Child Safe Standards into practice and we are proud of the work to date.

    We’ve trained thousands of staff, contractors and volunteers, established and streamlined reporting procedures, reviewed and improved our recruitment practices, sought and implemented advice from expert organisations such as Child Wise, just to name a few of our steps along this journey. 

    Does Council have an existing reporting process?

    Protecting children and preventing and responding to allegations of child abuse is embedded in the everyday thinking of all Councillors, employees, contractors and volunteers.

    As part of its Draft Child Safe Policy 2.0, Council has developed a process for employees and community members to report incidents if they form a reasonable belief that child abuse has taken place.

    This is a critical part of our child safe culture and affirms that we take all claims of child abuse seriously.