Creating Child Safe organisations in Multifaith communities

Posted on : 09/11/2016No of views: 1037

Child Safety Standards Legislation (from 01/01/17)

Child safety is a shared responsibility at all levels for communities, organisations and institutions that directly engage with or provide services to children. These bodies should act with the best interests of the child as a primary consideration. Institutions need to ensure that this principle is widely known and understood by all staff and volunteers, appropriately integrated, and consistently applied across all elements.

The Victorian Government now requires professional and voluntary organizations, sporting clubs and associations which have contact with children to implement Child Safe Standards by 01/01/17.

Multifaith & Multicultural Communities      

Multifaith Communities can actively anticipate their childrens’ diverse circumstances and respond effectively to those with additional vulnerabilities by making sure all children have access to information, support and complaints processes. To create and maintain ‘child safe’ communities, organizational leaders must become aware of the NEW “Child Safe” frameworks.

With the new Child Safe Standards legislation, particular attention is paid to the cultural safety needs of children from:

  • Linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, and
  • Children with disability

Victorian Cooperative on Children’s Services for Ethnic Groups (VICSEG)

The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) and the Victorian Cooperative on Children’s Services for Ethnic Groups (VICSEG) have been contracted by the Commission for Children and Young People to assist organisations like yours to meet the Child Safe Standards.

VICSEG will carry out this very important work over the coming months, through consultation: 20 & 27 October, and Training: 24 Nov. 1 & 8 December (please see flyers for more detail)

For more information on training & consultation enquiries ring:
Toula Elefsiniotis | (03) 9353 5811 |
VICSEG New Futures | S201, 398 Sydney Rd Coburg,  VIC 3058 |

(extracted from 09/11/16)