Department program

PROTECT

​​The Victorian Government is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people.

Our response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Commonwealth Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse handed down its final report on 15 December 2017. The final report contains 409 recommendations.

As part of a coordinated effort, the Victorian government will consider each recommendation in full. We will be looking in detail at the report's findings to ensure we are able to respond effectively to ensure the safety and protection of all children in our care.

Victoria is well placed to respond to the Royal Commission, and in many areas is leading the way in addressing the issues raised, including in our implementation of the Child Safe Standards.

The Child Safe Standards

As part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to implementing the recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust report, which found that more must be done to prevent and respond to child abuse in our community, there is a new regulatory landscape surrounding child safety, underpinned by the  Child Safe Standards.

The Child Safe Standards are compulsory minimum standards for all Victorian early childhood services and schools, to ensure they are well prepared to protect children from abuse and neglect.

The importance of the Standards

Hear from Department Secretary Gill Callister about how the Child Safe Standards will build a stronger and more consistent approach to preventing and responding to child abuse.