Photography from 2017 Industry Day. Photography by Vlad Slavin

Photography from 2017 Industry Day. Photography by Vlad Slavin

Child Safety Policies

Disclaimer: This guide provides general information only and is not intended to be legal advice. Organisations should confirm the legal requirements that apply to them and seek legal advice about their specific situation as required.


 

If interacting with children, Victorian organisations are required by legislation to meet 7 Child Safety Standards.

 

Standard 1: Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements

Standard 2: A Child Safe Policy or Statement of Commitment to Child Safety

Standard 3: A Code of Conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children

Standard 4: Screening, supervision, training and other human resource practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel

Standard 5: Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse

Standard 6: Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse

Standard 7: Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children

 

Application of each standard must reflect these key principles:

 

·         Promoting the cultural safety of Aboriginal children

·         Promoting the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds

·         Promoting the safety of children with a disability

 

By 1 Jan 2017, dance schools must:

1.         Ensure you have policies that address each of the 7 Child Safety Standards.

2.         Ensure that you place a Policy Statement or Commitment to Child Safety Statement on the wall to alert parents to your policies/procedures and how they can gain access to them.

 

Please explore the Live Performance Australia website for excellent resources and directions.

Ausdance National also has useful fact sheets for safe dance

 

Who to go to with concerns:

The Commission for Children and Young People is the oversight body for the Child Safe Standards from 1 January 2017. Visit https://ccyp.vic.gov.au/