The Victorian Labor government headed by premier Daniel Andrews has introduced new safeguards to protect children in the state.
The new mandatory Child Safe Standards ensure that all organisations dealing with children have appropriate responses in place for allegations of child abuse and misconduct have been released online.
Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said “This is an important step in ensuring all organisations that deal with children can better prevent and respond to allegations of abuse and misconduct.”
The Standards were developed in extensive consultation with around 160 government and community sector stakeholders.
The new standards will come into force in two phases:
From 1 January 2016 the Standards will apply to organisations that receive government funding and regulation and provide services for children
From 1 January 2017 other organisations that provide services or facilities for children but don’t receive government funding such as sporting groups and child entertainment providers will need to meet the standards.
The Andrews Labor Government said it will provide training, information sessions and tools to help organisations create and maintain child safe environments under the standards.
Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos said “The Andrews Labor Government is keeping its word and implementing the Betrayal of Trust recommendations in full.”