DHS - New Child Safe Standards Enshrined into Law- 7th of December 2015

Victorian Parliament CreastWe are pleased to inform you that the Victorian Parliament has passed the legislation to introduce the standards.

The standards aim to improve the way organisations prevent and respond to child abuse.

The standards will apply to organisations that provide services for children and will be implemented in phases. Organisations funded and/or regulated by government are required to work towards compliance with the child safe standards from 1 January 2016. Remaining organisations in scope will need to be compliant with the standards from 1 January 2017.

Further information, including a full list of the types of organisations that will be subject to the child safe standards, is available from the Department of Health and Human Services (the department) website. Further information about the way the child safe standards will be implemented in registered schools can be found on the Department of Education and Training website.

If you are interested in attending an information session about the child safe standards in 2016, please complete this survey.

If you have any questions, please email childsafestandards@dhhs.vic.gov.au or phone 9096 0000. Thank you for your continued work in protecting Victoria's children. Child safe standards Department of Health & Human Services 50 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000 phone: 9096 0000 | email: childsafestandards@dhhs.vic.gov.au | www.dhhs.vic.gov.au