In April 2012, the Victorian Government initiated the Betrayal of Trust Inquiry. From this, 15 recommendations were made including compulsory minimum standards for creating child safe environments.
In November 2015, the Victorian Parliament passed the Child Wellbeing and Safety Amendment Act to introduce Child Safe Standards.
These seven standards apply to all organisations that provide services to children, including sporting groups, youth organisations, churches, health organisations, childcare centres and schools.
Horsham Rural City Council has commenced phasing in the Child Safe Standards and is committed to providing and promoting this. Council has a zero tolerance to child abuse and aims to create child safe and child friendly environments where children feel safe and secure and have fun. This includes the physical, emotional, cultural and social wellbeing of all children.
Council has recently appointed two Child Safety Officers to assist in the management and reporting of any suspected child abuse. A Child Safe policy(PDF, 452KB) has been developed and a Reporting a Child Safety Concern procedure(PDF, 461KB) to guide staff, volunteers, families and children through the process to report any concerns about child safety.
View the Child Safe standards reporting process.(PDF, 82KB)