Victoria has introduced compulsory minimum standards for organisations that provide services for children to help protect children from abuse. The child safe standards will apply to organisations from 1 January 2016. Education, awareness raising and helping organisations to create and maintain child safe environments will be the initial focus of the child safe standards. The Victorian government has released a toolkit for organisations, which includes guidance on human resources, good leadership and what to do if a child discloses abuse. They can be downloaded below:
- Child safe standards presentation (ppt 1.4 MB)
- Resource 1 - Good leadership and governance in child safe organisations (doc 55.5 KB)
- Resource 2 - Child safe policy and statement of commitment (doc 70.5 KB)
- Resource 3 - Code of conduct (including sample code of conduct) (doc 59.0 KB)
- Resource 4 - Human resources practices for child safe organisations (doc 61.5 KB)
- Resource 5 - Recruitment practices for child safe organisations (doc 83.0 KB)
- Resource 6 - What to do when an allegation of child abuse is made (doc 65.5 KB)
- Resource 7 - Sample incident report template (doc 68.0 KB)
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Cultural Awareness Self-Assessment Toolkit: Good practice standards for culturally appropriate community services
Cultural Awareness Self-Assessment Toolkit: Good practice standards for culturally appropriate community services developed by ACTCOSSThe Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness Self-Assessment Toolkit (CASAT) is a set of good practice standards developed to assist community service organisations improve the quality of their services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and communities and to improve the organisation’s knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. The toolkit includes a guide on the CASAT process, a workbook section of standards, and examples of good practice.
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