The new 11 Victorian Child Safe Standards
The new Victorian Child Safe Standards will commence on 1 July 2022.
The Victorian Government passed the Child Wellbeing and Safety (Child Safe Standards Compliance and Enforcement) Amendment Bill in June 2021. The Bill includes changes to the Child Safe Standards, replacing Victoria's current 7 standards and principles with the new Victorian 11 Child Safe Standards.
Regulator – Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP)
The CCYP promotes the safety of children, the prevention of child abuse and the proper response to allegations of child abuse. The CCYP supports and reinforces the implementation of Best Practice in Child Safety and have powers to take action when organisations may be non-compliant with the Standards.
Click here to find out more about the role of the CCYP and the regulation of the Victorian Child Safe Standards.
The Victorian Government passed the Child Wellbeing and Safety (Child Safe Standards Compliance and Enforcement) Amendment Bill in June 2021
What does it mean for Swim Schools in Victoria?
The Victorian Child Safe Standards are mandatory for relevant organisations in Victoria, including those that deliver sport or recreation services specifically for children.
Therefore, ALL Victorian Swim Schools must comply with the new Standards from 1 July 2022.
What are your Swim School’s Legal Obligations?
Swim Schools should already have child safety measures in place to comply with the 7 Child Safe Standards. This may include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Statement of Commitment to Child Safety
- Child Safe Policy
- Code of Conduct
- Child Safe Recruitment Policy
- Complaints Handling Policy and Procedure
- Child Safe Risk Management Policy.
Swim Schools did you know we offer online training on the Child Safe Standards?
How can we help you?
Swim Schools should begin planning what updates are required to ensure that its child safe policies, procedures, and practices align with the new 11 Child Safe Standards.
If you have any questions or would like to learn how Child Safeguard can help your Swim School comply with the new Victorian Standards, please feel free to get in touch by email at: [email protected]
Child Safeguard is an award-winning firm that helps organisations prevent harm to children, and keep them safe. Child Safeguard provides consultancy, training, and legal services to child-related organisations and helps implement Best Practice in Child Safety.
If you would like to find out more about how Child Safeguard can help your organisation, get in touch by email [email protected] ; by phone (02) 9252 3198 or visit our website https://www.childsafeguard.com.au/
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