Creating child safe organisations

The Victorian Government is committed to driving cultural change in organisations across the state to make Victoria safer for all children.

Response to the Betrayal of Trust Inquiry

Creating child safe organisations is a key component of the Victorian Government’s response to the report of the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Non-Government Organisations (Betrayal of Trust Inquiry). This work is focused on strengthening organisations’ approaches to preventing and responding to child abuse.

For more information about the Betrayal of Trust Inquiry report, see Victorian Parliament's Betrayal of Trust Inquiry Report and Response website.

See also the Betrayal of Trust implementation on the Department of Justice and Regulation website.

Child Safe Standards

The Child Safe Standards have been introduced in Victoria to keep children safe from harm and abuse. The Standards 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.

For more information, see Child Safe Standards.

Reportable Conduct Scheme

To improve oversight of how organisations respond to allegations of child abuse and child-related misconduct, the Reportable Conduct Scheme commenced in phases from 1 July 2017.

For more information, see Reportable Conduct Scheme.

See also, Criminal offences to improve responses to child sexual abuse and Client incident management system.

More information

Contacts
Department of Health and Human Services
For department funded and/or regulated organisations
03 9096 6160
childsafeorgs@dhhs.vic.gov.au
Commission for Children and Young People
03 8601 5281
childsafestandards@ccyp.vic.gov.au