The new Victorian Child Safe Standards commenced on 1 July 2022 and are regulated by the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005 (Vic). The new Standards replaced Victoria’s 7 Child Safe Standards and Principles. Let's us take a look at the Regulation of the Child Safe Standards in Victoria.
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.
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.
What are your Swim School’s Legal Obligations?
Swim Schools in Victoria are required, by law, to implement all of the 11 Standards. This may include, but is not limited to, implementation of 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.
Read about the regulation of the child safe standards in NSW.
How can Child Safeguard help you?
Swim Schools should be taking steps 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]
About Child Safeguard
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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