All organisations in Victoria that provide services or facilities for children are required to comply with Child Safe Standards, to ensure that the safety of children is promoted, child abuse is prevented and allegations of child abuse are properly responded to.

The Child Safe Standards form part of the Victorian Government’s response to the Betrayal of Trust Inquiry (the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Non-Government Organisations).

On 1 January 2017, the Commission for Children and Young People became the oversight body for the Child Safe Standards.

For organisations funded and/or regulated by the Department of Health and Human Services, more information and resources about the Child Safe Standards can be found on the Child Safe Standards page of the Service Providers website. Queries from these organisations can be directed to (03) 9096 6160 or email the Child Safeguarding Regulations team.

Review of Victoria’s Child Safe Standards

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.

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

For more information on the issues paper and to participate in the survey, see Review of the Victorian child safe standards page on the Engage Victoria website.

Betrayal of Trust Inquiry

For further information about the Betrayal of Trust Inquiry response, please visit:

Commission for Children and Young People

Further information about the Child Safe Standards, including a range of advice, resources, templates and information on the Child Safe Standards is available on the Child Safe Standards page of the Commission for Children and Young People website.

Contact

Tel: (03) 8601 5281

Email: childsafestandards@ccyp.vic.gov.au

Schools and education providers

Information for schools and education providers is available from the Protect children web page on the Department of Education and Training website.

Contact

Email: child.safe.schools@edumail.vic.gov.au

Early childhood services 

Queries for early childhood services operating under the National Quality Framework or the Children's Services Act 1996 should be directed to the Department of Education and Training.

Contact

Licensed children's services enquiry line: 1300 307 415

Email: licensed.childrens.services@edumail.vic.gov.au

Related websites

Commission for Children and Young People - Making Children Safe

The Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare