Council

Child Safe Standards

Council has created a Safeguarding Children Policy which is applicable to all Council staff and representatives.

In 2015, the State Government introduced a set of national child safe standards for organisations regulated or funded by government that provide services for children.

The standards were recommended by the government’s parliamentary inquiry into the handling of child abuse by religious and other non-government organisations and are established under the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act (2005). They aim to ensure that organisations are well prepared to protect children from abuse and neglect.

We pride ourselves on being a child safe organisation with zero tolerance for child abuse.

We recognise our legal and moral responsibilities to keep children and young people safe from harm;

  • We promote their health and well-being and support their best interests.
  • We have policies, procedures, and training in place that support our leadership team, employees and volunteers to achieve these commitments.
  • We create environments where all children, including children with a disability, Aboriginal children, and children from cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds, have a voice - they are listened to, their views are respected and they contribute to how we plan for, design and implement our services and activities.

Council has created a Safeguarding Children Policy which is applicable to all Council staff and representatives.

We require that Councillors, employees, volunteers, organisations and others associated with Council understand and follow the Safeguarding Children Policy and expectations for appropriate behaviour towards, and in the company of children.

 

What is child abuse?

The Child Safe Standards aim to protect children from abuse in organisations. Under the Act, child abuse includes the following categories of abuse:

  • Physical violence
  • Sexual offences
  • Serious emotional or psychological abuse
  • Serious neglect

What should be reported?

Any child safety concerns, such as:

  • Disclosure of abuse or harm
  • Allegation of suspicion or observation
  • Breach of Code of Conduct relating to child safety
  • Environmental safety issues

How to report concerning conduct

If you are concerned about the conduct of a Darebin staff member, volunteer or work experience students towards a child, report it:

  • City of Darebin Child Safe Officer
    8470 8575

If you are concerned about the conduct of a community member towards a child there are a number of organisations you can contact:

  • You see or hear something that is concerning and you are not sure what to do or who to tell.
    Commission for Children and Young People
    1300 78 29 78
    contact@ccyp.vic.gov.au
    ccyp.vic.gov.au

  • You receive a disclosure from a child about abuse or neglect, or observe indications of abuse or neglect.
    Department of Health and Human Services, Child Protection
    1300 664 977
    dhhs.vic.gov.au

  • You have formed a reasonable belief that a child is experiencing abuse.
    Victoria Police
    police.vic.gov.au