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Member webinar: Getting the most from the NDS Helpdesk

This NDS Member Exclusive Webinar recording takes you through the NDS Helpdesk, so you can get the most out of it.

Safeguarding for Boards

Safeguarding for Boards is a series of short films and a guide for boards of disability service providers. They help boards to understand and address the risk of abuse and neglect of people they support.

Understanding Participant Choice in the National Disability Insurance Scheme

NDS is partnering with the Institute for Choice at the University of South Australia to conduct a program of research on how NDIS participants make choices about providers and why they make the choices...

Child Safe Standards

Family smiling with text reading 'Child Safe Standards'

We all have a moral, ethical and legal responsibility to actively prevent the abuse and neglect of children. The Victorian Child Safe Standards are a result of recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust inquiry and evidence of what works to prevent child abuse.

Children with disability experience an increased risk of abuse across all services and locations.

Children with disability are:

  • Over three times more likely to experience physical violence than children without disability;
  • Over four times at higher risk for emotional abuse and neglect;
  • Nearly three times more likely to experience sexual abuse; and
  • More likely to have experienced repeated incidents of sexual abuse by the time they are 18 years old.
Providers need to have processes in place and ensure their staff know how to keep children safe and protected from abuse wherever they are.

NDS resources

NDS has developed a number of resources for service providers to understand and follow the Victorian Child Safe Standards when supporting children and young people with disability.

Powerpoint presentation on the Child Safe Standards for your organisation to use:

Video of a narration of the Child Safety Standards Slides

  • 'Promoting the Safety of Children with Disability in the context of the Victorian Child Safe Standards', video presentation of the slides above narrated by David Moody, State Manager, NDS Victoria (20 minutes)
  • Watch video | Download accessible transcript

NDS Video discussion: 'Implementing the Child Safe Standards, A Conversation with Sector Leaders’

NDS’s Zero Tolerance initiative

NDS has developed a range of free resources for service providers as part of the Zero Tolerance initiative. They help providers to understand, implement and improve practices which safeguard the rights of people with disability they support.

Helpful resources

The Commission for Children and Young People has developed a number of useful resources on making children safe and the reportable conduct scheme. The Commission is a statutory body that promotes improvement in policies and practices that affect the safety and wellbeing of Victorian children and young people. It focuses on upholding children’s rights, making children safe and the Reportable Conduct Scheme.

Child Wise and the  Centre for Excellence in Child & Family Welfare also provide extensive training, resource and support for agencies in making the transition to becoming a Child Safe organisation.

Resources that may be of interest to disability services include:

Reportable Conduct Scheme

All organisations that provide disability services, including but not limited to registered disability service providers, are subject to the Reportable Conduct Scheme. This Scheme requires some organisations to respond to allegations of child abuse (and other child-related misconduct) made against their workers and volunteers, and to notify the Commission of any allegations.

Specifically the Scheme requires organisations, including all disability services, to:

  • Notify the Commission within three business days of becoming aware of a reportable allegation. 
  • Investigate an allegation – subject to police clearance on criminal matters or matters involving family violence.
  • Advise the Commission who is undertaking the investigation.
  • Manage the risks to children.
  • Within 30 calendar days, provide detailed information to the Commission about the reportable allegation and any action you have taken.
  • Notify the Commission of the investigation findings and any disciplinary action taken (or the reasons no action was taken).
See the Victorian Government's Reportable Conduct Sheme webpage for further information.
Contact information

Sarah Fordyce, Policy Manager, 03 8341 4303,