Resource Category:

Policies and Procedures

Child Safe Standards

Victoria is introducing compulsory minimum standards that will apply to organisations that provide services for children to help ensure the safety of children. This page includes a list of in scope organisations for the proposed child safe standards, which will come into effect for phase 1 organisations on 1 January 2016. The Commission for Children & Young People is responsible for assisting Category 1 and 2 organisations to be compliant with the new mandatory Child Safe Standards, and have developed a helpful guide and tip sheets.

Child Safe Standards Resources

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:  

Policy templates from Conscious Governance

Our Community Policy Bank

Our Community Policy Bank is an online resource where you can find a range of free policies and procedures relevant to not-for-profit Boards and Committees and the organisations they govern. The Policy Bank creates a shared resource that takes the hard-won knowledge of one organisation and shares it with many. There are a number of policy categories including:
  • Human Resources Policies - Accenture
  • Human Resources Policies - Other contributors
  • Values Policies
  • Board Operational Policies
  • Governance Policies
  • Financial Management Policies
  • Financial Control Policies
  • Communications Policie

VCOSS Policies and Procedures

Policies and procedures

Policies and procedures help make a workplace run smoothly by ensuring staff and volunteers know how things are done and how decisions are made. They provide guidelines for resolving conflict and minimising risk and enable staff to get on with delivering quality services. This manual identifies a broad range of policy areas that your organisation may need to consider. It includes sample policies with tips on how to adapt and implement them. It also recommends a set of key policies that your organisation should have in place as a minimum to ensure good governance and management. Access VCOSS Manuals here. ISBN 978 1 876045 63 0, Paperback, 297 x 210mm (A4), 136 pages, RRP $30.00 (incl. GST)