This new year sees Victorian legislation to help protect children from abuse have come into force.
The aim of the newly implemented legislation is focused on all organisations ensuring that under the law, they have a code of conduct in place and staff are correctly screened and trained to deal with children.
Organisations will need to ensure a code of conduct is in place and staff are properly screened and trained to deal with children.
The initial application of the rule will be applied to all government funded or government regulated organsiations, such as hospitals, child and family-welfare organisations, schools, child care centres and kindergartens.
From next year, the rule will also spread to organisations that receive little or no government funding, including sporting groups and child entertainment providers.
Jenny Mikakos, Minister for Families and Children told the ABC that the new legal standards would ensure cultural change within small and large organisations.
“We take the view that child safety is the responsibility of everyone in the community, and these new laws make it clear we expect high standards of any organisation that works with children,” she said. “This is about keeping children safe. We want new ways of protecting children from abuse to be part of everyday thinking and practice.”
Explaining further to the ABC, Jenny said:
“These standards will help organisations such as clubs and individuals that interact with children to do all that they can to prevent abuse and respond quickly when it is alleged.”
This new legislation legislation is seen as a direct result of a report released in August into the sexual exploitation of children in state care in Victoria, in which strong recommendations for substantial changes to Victoria’s residential care system and its handling of the exploitation of vulnerable children.
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