Community consultation on Victoria's child safe standards | Youth Central

The Victorian Government is reviewing the child safe standards, and they want to hear from young people about how the standards can improve.

The consultation finishes on Friday, 22 February 2019.

What are the child safe standards?

Organisations in Victoria that provide services or facilities to children or employ children under the age of 18 years must follow the child safe standards, to keep children safe, protect their rights and prevent child abuse. The standards cover different operations within organisations such as leadership, governance and culture; policies, procedures and reporting; and recruitment, supervision and training.

Why is there a review?

The government is always working to find better ways to protect Victoria’s children. They decided to review the standards in response to the 2017 findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse. 

The review will determine how organisations across Victoria understand and follow the standards. It will find out how safe children are in these organisations. And it will identify changes or improvements that will strengthen the standards. 

Also, the Commonwealth is developing a national approach to child safe standards, and Victoria wants to share what it has learned, to make the national approach as effective as possible. 

How can you participate?

A survey and issues paper are available on the Engage Victoria website. The survey is open to young people aged 16 and above. 

The consultation and survey close on Friday, 22 February 2019

If you have questions about the review, please contact cssreview@dhhs.vic.gov.au

More information 

Find out more about the review on the website of the Commission for Children and Young People.