The Child Safe Standards are compulsory for all Victorian organisations that provide services or facilities for children, including those that are funded and/or regulated by government, and those that are not.
The Commission for Children and Young People is the overall regulator of the Child Safe Standards. Under the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005, the Commission holds legislative powers to oversee and enforce an organisation’s compliance with the standards.
The Human Services Regulator promotes and oversees compliance by organisations that are funded and/or regulated by the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing. These organisations include but are not limited to:
- Out-of-home care services
- Family violence or sexual assault services
- Housing services and homeless services
- Youth services
- Support services for parents and families
- Disability services.
The Human Services Regulator has developed a compliance monitoring framework and assessment model to support our organisations to understand and maintain compliance with the standards.
For more information, see:
- Child Safe Standards Compliance Monitoring Framework (2018-2019) (word) (This document is still current and is under review)
- Child Safe Standards Compliance Assessment Model (word) (This document is still current and is under review)
- Better Regulatory Practice Framework (available on the Human Services Regulator page on the department's website).
For organisations funded and/or regulated by the department, queries about Child Safe Standards can be directed to the Child Safe Standards enquiry lines (see 'Contacts').
All other organisations should seek advice through their existing funding and/or regulatory relationships or contact the Commission for Children and Young People (see 'Contacts').