Wednesday 21 December 2016
Organisations operating in Victoria and providing services or facilities specifically for children 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.
From 1 January 2017 organisations with responsibility for children will need to have in place:
Resources to assist organisations to develop systems and processes to meet the standards can be found on the Child Safe Standards page of this website. Eight partner organisations have also been contracted to develop and deliver sector specific training and resources.
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.