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New standards for child safety
September 5, 2022
Emerge has endorsed new child safe standards which have come into force in Victoria to better protect children from harm and abuse. The standards apply for organisations which work or volunteer with children up to the age of 18 in Victoria.
The new 11 standards align more closely with the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations, and replace the former seven standards.
In an Australian first, one of the standards plays an important role in keeping Aboriginal children safe and in celebrating their diverse and unique identities.
As well as a greater focus on safety for Aboriginal children and young people, the new standards will require organisations to involve families and communities in their measures to keep children safe.
Jess, Service Quality and Compliance Manager, said: “The standards also require us to manage the risk of abuse in online environments, and include an important and welcome focus on empowering children about their rights and taking them seriously when they raise concerns.”
The changes have been developed following the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and provide clarity on the minimum actions required by organisations to meet each standard.