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What are the Child Safe Standards?

​​From 1 January 2016, all early childhood services are required to comply with new child safe standards designed to ensure that organisations that work with children take steps to create a culture of child safety and protect children from all forms of abuse.

The aim of the child safe standards is to drive continuous improvement so that protecting children from abuse is embedded in everyday thinking and practice of leaders, staff and volunteers. The focus of the standards for 2016 is on raising awareness and helping organisations to create and maintain child safe environments through education and training.

The Child Safe Standards have been introduced in response to the recommendations of the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Non-Government Organisations, which found that more must be done to prevent and respond to child abuse. The standards apply to all organisations that provide services for children, including early childhood services.

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Roxburgh Homestead Primary School’s commitment to Child Safe Standards

  • Zero tolerance for child abuse
  • Actively works to listen to and empower children
  • Has systems to protect children from abuse, and will take all allegations and concerns very seriously and responds to them consistently in line with the organisation’s policies and procedures
  • Is committed to promoting physical, emotional and cultural safety for all children
  • Is committed to providing a safe environment for all children
Policies Tip Sheets
RHPS Mandatory Reporting Safety of children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds
RHPS Child Safe Policy Cultural safety for Aboriginal children
RHPS Child Safe Code of Conduct Safety of children with a disability
Empowerment and participation of children
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