Child Safe Standards

The Child Safe Standards have been introduced by Victorian State Government as a compulsory, minimum standard of safety in all organisations providing services to children. The Standards aim to drive cultural change in organisations, so that protecting children from abuse is embedded in everyday thinking and practice. Each of the Standards must also be understood and applied with the context of the following in mind:

  • The cultural safety of Aboriginal children
  • The cultural safety of children from a culturally and/or linguistically diverse background
  • The safety of children with a disability


Child Safe Standards (as of July 2022):

  • Establishment of a culturally safe environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
  • Leadership, governance and culture
  • Children’s participation and empowerment
  • Family and community involvement
  • Equity and diverse needs
  • Human resource management
  • Child focus complaints process
  • Staff education and training
  • Physical and online environments
  • Review and continuous improvement
  • Child Safe policies and procedures

Table of changes: Whats-new-overview-of-the-new-Child-Safe-Standards.pdf (

Any queries can be directed to the YJFL’s Child Safeguarding Officer: Jessica O’Connor or 0475 772 207