The Victorian Government is undertaking a review of the child safe standards and the regulatory scheme that supports the Standards, to ensure that they are as strong as possible

The review seeks to inform the government about how the Victorian child safe standards have been understood and implemented by organisations in their initial period of operation in a way that promotes improvements in the child safe culture in organisations, and whether the regulatory scheme that supports compliance with the child safe standards is operating effectively.

The review will also provide valuable evidence about Victoria’s experiences in implementing and regulating compulsory child safe standards to inform ongoing work on the development of a nationally consistent approach to child safe standards in Australia.

How you can participate in the review

An issues paper and survey have been published on the Engage Victoria website to seek stakeholder feedback to inform the review. 

We invite organisations and their staff and volunteers, peak associations, relevant authorities and regulators, and members of the community who work with children or have children to review the issues paper on the Engage Victoria website and participate in a short survey.

For more information on the issues paper and to participate in the survey, see the Review of the Child Safe Standards page on the Engage Victoria website. We also ask you to share the consultation link with your membership and key stakeholders and anyone else you believe would like to contribute their view. 

Closing date

The consultation and the survey closes Friday 22 February 2019. 

If you have questions about the review, please email Child Safe Standards Review.

What are the child safe standards?

The child safe standards comprise three overarching principles and seven broad standards. They are designed to drive cultural change in organisations, so that protecting children from abuse is embedded in the everyday thinking and practice of leaders, staff and volunteers.

All Victorian organisations that provide services or facilities to children, or employ children, are required by law to comply with the child safe standards.

For more information, see the Child Safe Standards page on the Providers website or the Child Safe Standards page on the Commission for Children and Young People website.

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