Child Safe Standards Update
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New laws have passed that will mean Victorian organisations that have direct and regular contact with children need to meet Child Safe Standards by 1 January 2017.

New Child Safe Standards

Organisations providing services or facilities specifically for children in Victoria will be required to meet Child Safe Standards from 1 January 2017.

Activities and services provided to children can vary between organisations but all organisations need to focus on building and maintaining a child safe environment.

What is required?
From 1 January 2017 organisations with responsibility for children will need to have in place:

  • child safe policies and codes of conduct
  • screening, supervision and training processes
  • processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
  • strategies to identify, reduce or remove risks of child abuse
  • strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children
  • inclusive approaches for children with a disability, Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Resources to assist organisations to develop systems and processes to meet the standards can be found on the Commission for Children and Young People's website. Eight partner organisations have also been contracted to develop and deliver sector specific training and resources. Visit our Sector specific support page for further details.

Recent legislative changes
Legislation recently passed will give the Commission new regulatory powers to oversee and enforce compliance with the standards. These new powers will take effect on 1 January 2017, giving the Commission the ability to request information and documents from organisations and inspect premises where services are provided for children, or where a child is engaged to provide services or facilities. The Commission will assist organisations to understand and meet their obligations through information, guidance, advice and other support.

The Commission will also be working with other regulators to promote compliance with the organisations it co-regulates. 

Download your copy of A Guide for creating a child safe organisation to help you to assess how child safe your organisation currently is and get practical guidance in improving child safety and meeting the Victorian Child Safe Standards.
The Commission has contracted eight partner organisations to develop and deliver sector specific training and resources to assist organisations to meet the Child Safe Standards. 

Email the Commission for Children and Young People at, visit our website at or telephone (03) 8601 5281.

Commission for Children and Young People
Level 18, 570 Bourke Street MELBOURNE VIC 3000
Opening hours : 9am-5pm weekdays, excluding public holidays. 

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