From 1 July this year, a new set of 11 standards replaced the 7 Child Safety Standards in effect since 2016 and strengthened child safety both at the organisation level and nationally.
Key changes included in the new requirements are:
to involve families and communities in organisations' efforts to keep children and young people safe
for a greater focus on safety for Aboriginal children and young people
to manage the risk of child abuse in online environments
for greater clarity on the governance, systems and processes to keep children and young people safe.
We look forward to working closely with staff, families and students in bringing the new Child Safe Standards to life in our College community.
Organisations establish a culturally safe environment in which the diverse and unique identities and experiences of Aboriginal (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander) children and young people are respected and valued.
Child safety and wellbeing is embedded in organisational leadership, governance and culture.
Children and young people are empowered about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously.
Families and communities are informed and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing.
Equity is upheld and diverse needs respected in policy and practice.
People working with children and young people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and wellbeing values in practice.
Processes for complaints and concerns are child focussed.
Staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and young people safe through ongoing education and training.
Physical and online environments promote safety and wellbeing while minimising the opportunity for children and young people to be harmed.
Implementation of the Child Safe Standards is regularly reviewed and improved.
Policies and procedures document how the organisation is safe for children and young people.