The Child Safe Standards is a set of practices introduced by the Victorian Government to create and maintain child safe organisations, to protect children from all forms of abuse and to generate a culture of child safety awareness.
An entity that applies these standards must have:
- Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements.
- A child safe policy or statement of commitment to Child Safety
- A code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children.
- Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
- Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
- Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
- Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.
In complying with the standards the organisation must include the following principles:
- Promoting the cultural safety of Aboriginal children
- promoting the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds
- Promoting the safety of children with a disability.
The Catholic Diocese of Sale is committed to these standards and adhering to the practices outlined.
For more information, please visit the PROTECT website.