Child Safety

Working with Children Check regulations changed 1 August 2017. For details about who needs a check and when, see: Who needs a check?

​​As a result of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the Victorian Government introduced a range of measures to better protect children.

These measures include:

  • The Child Safe Standards
  • Reportable Conduct Scheme
  • Organisational Duty of Care

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.

For more information on what this means for your organisation, see: The Child Safe Standards

Reportable Conduct Scheme

The Reportable Conduct Scheme seeks to improve organisations’ responses to allegations of child abuse and neglect by their workers and volunteers. The scheme is established by the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005.

It has been designed to ensure that the Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) will be aware of every allegation of certain types of employee misconduct involving children in relevant organisations

For more information on what this means for your organisation, see: Reportable Conduct Scheme

Organisational Duty of Care

A new statutory duty of care has been created to ensure there is a clear legal duty placed on organisations to take reasonable steps to minimise the risk of child abuse perpetuated by organisational representatives. For more information, see:

Department of Justice and Regulation Factsheet: The new organisational duty of care to prevent child abuse