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Creating Child Safe Organisations in Victoria

All children have the right to grow up in environments that are free from abuse.

That's why it is the responsibility of every organisation that provides services or facilities for children to implement Child Safe Standards into their daily practices.

Since 2015, the Centre has run over 120 Child Safe Training sessions for a diverse range of organisations — from community housing providers to youth theatre groups, early childhood and kindergarten programs and more — and has worked to ensure they have the right systems in place to promote the safety and protection of children. This training is designed to help organisations meet the Victorian Government's seven compulsory Child Safe Standards:

  • Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety,  including through effective leadership arrangements
  • A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety
  • A code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children
  • Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
  •  Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
  •  Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse  Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.
  •  Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.

Child Safe Standards Training can assist your organisation in the following ways:

  • To identify, understand and respond to misconduct, inappropriate and predatory behaviour

  • Provides information sessions on the Child Safe Standards

  • Provides advice on child safe policies

  • Supports you to train staff, volunteers and contractors

  • Develops and publishes up-to-date resources such as the Victorian Child Safe Standards Facilitator’s Guide and Facilitator’s presentation.

  • These provide the information necessary for a facilitator to inform participants on the child safe standards.

Get in touch today to arrange a training at your workplace!

Georgette Antonas

Child and Family Reform Unit

Georgette.Antonas@cfecfw.asn.au

Child Safe E-Learning Now Available

A range of online educational resources regarding the Child Safe Standards - including eLearning modules, webinars and animated videos, and links to helpful resources and organisations.

Reportable Conduct Scheme eLearning now available!

It teaches participants about their obligations under the Reportable Conduct Scheme, and how it works to protect children from child abuse, violence and exploitation. It provides an overview of some key facts and common myths about child abuse; some common indicators of abuse, and what staff are and are not responsible for under the Reportable Conduct Scheme.

The Centre for Excellence would like to acknowledge the support of the Victorian Government and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) through the Community Support Fund in producing this material.

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