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Council has developed a Child Safe Standard Framework (the Framework) to ensure compliance with the eleven Victorian Child Safe Standards that came into effect 1 July 2022. A Child Safe Policy underpins the Framework and will support the implementation of the Child Safe Standards.
All Council Representatives play an important role in protecting children, providing an inclusive environment and reporting any concerns for a child’s safety. Council aims to create a culture that reduces the opportunity for harm and provides Council Representatives a clear process to follow when concerns are raised about child safety, or abuse/harm is reported.
This Child Safe Statement of Commitment applies to all Council Representatives.
Loddon Shire Council has a zero tolerance for any form of child abuse and is committed to the safety, wellbeing and empowerment of children including the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, culturally and linguistically diverse children, and the safety of children with a disability.
Council will create and maintain a child safe organisation, where protecting children and preventing and responding to child abuse is embedded in everyday thinking and practices by:
Our commitment will be enacted through the implementation and monitoring of the Child Safe Standards, as specified under the Child Wellbeing and Safety Amendment Act 2015 (Authorised Version incorporating amendments as at 1 January 2023).
Council is committed to ensuring all Council Representatives understand that child safety is everyone’s responsibility.
All Council Representatives will be made aware of their obligations and expectations of working in a Child Safe Organisation via:
Through regular mandatory education, awareness and training, all Council Representatives understand the organisation’s commitment to child safety and their responsibility in creating and maintaining a culturally safe and inclusive environment.
Council Representatives have access to the appointed Child Safety Officer (CSO) who will provide advice and support to Council Representatives about what they are required to do if they need to report suspected abuse, or behaviour that is negatively impacting on Council's commitment to each of the eleven standards.
The Framework outlines specific responsibilities of all Council Representatives and sets out eleven commitments in accordance with the Child Safe Standards.
The following commitments are aligned across the eleven Child Safe Standards:
To view a complete list of the actions being implemented to support each commitment reference should be made to the Child Safe Standards Framework.