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The new Child Safe Standards come into effect on 1 July 2022

The Commission for Children and Young People have released resources to help organisations implement the new Standards.

The Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) has released additional resources to help organisations implement the new Child Safe Standards that come into effect in Victoria on 1 July 2022.

The 11 new Standards replace the existing 7 Standards and principles. 

New requirements include

  • involving families and communities in organisations' efforts to keep children and young people safe
  • greater focus on safety for Aboriginal children and young people
  • managing risks of child abuse in online settings. 

Learn more about the new Child Safe Standards

These changes are more consistent with national standards and provide clarity on the minimum actions required by organisations to meet each standard. 

The Standards currently apply to schools, education services and kindergartens. A full list of applicable organisations can be found on the CCYP website

The resources will assist organisations in understanding key concepts and requirements, advise on complying and tools and templates for policies and procedures. 

Explore the tools and resources and take action in implementing them in your organisation. 

Keeping your learners safe using the conduct reporting guide

The VIT has launched a conduct reporting guide to help teachers to understand and act on child safety matters. The guide also assists parents, learners, the general public, schools and early childhood services in reporting concerns about the conduct of any person employed in a Victorian education setting.

A crucial role for teachers and early childhood teachers is to respond effectively to children and young people whose safety and wellbeing may be at risk, or who are in need of protection.  
 
All registered teachers in Victoria are mandated to report physical and sexual abuse of children to the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing, Child Protection.