On 15 November 2016, legislation was passed to amend the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005 in Victoria. This legislation gives us powers to oversee and enforce organisations’ compliance with the standards.
What are the steps to becoming Child Safe Standards compliant?
1. Identify risks
- Start conversations about child safety
- scan your physical and virtual environments for risks
- think about how your activities and staffing and processes might impact risks
- understand the vulnerabilities of the children who you work with
- look at any previous reports or incidents in your organisation and how you responded
- understand the social and cultural factors that contribute to child safety risks.
2. Assess and evaluate the risks
Understand the nature of the risks, assess the likelihood of the risks occurring, and the harm that could occur if the risk is not removed or reduced.
3. Take steps to reduce or remove the risk
- Develop an action plan for your organisation to eliminate or reduce the risks to child safety you identify
- make sure you think about all of the standards in this process and actions taken to meet the standards.
4. Review and improve your strategy
Your child safe approach and process should be regularly reviewed and improved. Developing a culture of child safety in your organisation or business required ongoing attention and focus.