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.