New Child Safe Standards will apply to Registered Training Organisations from next year
Victoria has introduced compulsory minimum standards that apply to organisations that provide services for children, in order to help protect children from all forms of abuse. The Child Safe Standards form part of the Victorian Government’s response to the Betrayal of Trust Inquiry. Consistent with the Betrayal of Trust Inquiry’s recommendations, the aim of the Child Safe Standards is to drive cultural change in organisations so that protecting children from abuse is embedded in organisations’ everyday thinking and practice.
The introduction of the Child Safe Standards is intended to equip organisations that provide services for children with the knowledge and tools to have constructive conversations about preventing and responding to child abuse, and to more effectively manage the risk of abuse within their organisations.
As of 1 January, 2017, Nautilus Training & Curriculum Pty Ltd is required to comply with the Child Safe Standards.
To create and maintain itself as a child safe organisation, Nautilus Training & Curriculum Pty Ltd is required to have:
- Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements. (Standard 1)
- A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety. (Standard 2)
- A code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children. (Standard 3)
- Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel. (Standard 4)
- Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse. (Standard 5)
- Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse. (Standard 6)
- Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children. (Standard 7)
In complying with the Child Safe Standards, Nautilus Training & Curriculum Pty Ltd includes the following three principles as part of each of the seven standards:
- promoting the cultural safety of Aboriginal children,
- promoting the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, and
- promoting the safety of children with a disability.
How these requirements are fulfilled is explained in detail in Nautilus Training & Curriculum Pty Ltd’s Child Safety Framework. For access to the Framework, please contact us.