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Members urged to implement requirements under Victoria’s Child Safe Standards and Reportable Conduct Scheme

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Disability services are urged to stay abreast of the compulsory minimum standards for organisations that provide services for children to help protect children from abuse. The Child Safe Standards form part of the Government's response to the Betrayal of Trust Inquiry, the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Non-Government Organisations.

Alongside the Standards, Victoria has a Reportable Conduct Scheme which requires organisations to report allegations of reportable conduct, including professional misconduct, to the Commission for Children and Young People. Since 1 January 2018, this applies to disability service providers that provide services for children, including those registered with the NDIS. The Scheme places a number of obligations on the ‘head’ of organisations, including notifying the Commission within three business days of becoming aware of an allegation against one of their workers or volunteers. It appears that, to date, there is a very low incidence of reported incidents from disability organisations.

NDS has been considering the implications for disability service providers, and will explore these further at an upcoming Child Safe forum on 28 June in Parkville. There will also be presentations on the Standards following several upcoming regional forums.

Child Safe Standards and Reportable Conduct Workshop:

Thursday 28 June, 9.30am - 12.30pm, Parkville
Register here.

Presentations on the Child Safe Standards will also be delivered as the final agenda item at the following:

Contact information
Sarah Fordyce, Policy Manager, 03 8341 4303,