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Creating Child Safe Organisations


Council is hosting an information evening to assist you to better understand the new Victorian Governments child safe legislation and provide you with guidelines, tips and resources to support your organisation to implement the standards.


The child safe standards are compulsory for all organisations that provide services for children. This includes organisations which are funded and/or regulated by government and those which are not. The standards will be implemented separately for each of these two groups:

Category 1: organisations currently funded or regulated by government will be required to work towards compliance from 1 January 2016

Category 2: the standards will apply to organisations with limited or no funding or regulatory arrangements with government from 1 January 2017.

Below is an outline of the organisations within each category. If you fall within either category then you are encouraged to attend either of these sessions:

Session 1:       
Wed 22nd February

The Well, Multi-purpose Room
19 Heales St,   Smythesdale
6.00 – 8.30pm     Catering supplied

Session 2:       
Mon 27th February

Bannockburn Cultural Centre
27 High St   Bannockburn
6.00 – 8.30pm    Catering supplied

NOTE: If you have any specific questions that you would like answered please forward your question to me by the RSVP date below so that we can assist you more effectively and efficiently on the evening.

Please RSVP by Monday 13th February to Caroline Jordan (Volunteer Coordinator), Golden Plains Shire on 52207216 or caroline.jordan@gplains.vic.gov.au

We look forward to seeing you there.

Regards
Caroline Jordan

Caroline Jordan
Volunteer Coordinator
Golden Plains Shire Council

P: 03 5220 7216 | F: 03 5220 7100
E: caroline.jordan@gplains.vic.gov.au | W: goldenplains.vic.gov.au

Category 1 Organisations:
•  an organisation which provides Early Childhood Intervention Services

•  approved education and care services (e.g. kindergartens, after hours care services
•  approved education and training organisations providing courses to students from overseas
•  child protection services
•  children’s services (e.g. occasional care providers)
•  designated mental health services and publicly funded mental health community support      services
•  disability service providers
•  drug or alcohol treatment services
•  support services for parents and families
•  government departments and agencies providing services for children (including youth justice)
•  housing services and homeless services
•  Maternal and Child Health Centres
•  local councils
•  organisations registered or accredited to provide senior secondary education and training
•  out-of-home care services
•  public and denominational hospitals, public health services, private hospitals, multipurpose    services, day procedure centres and registered community health services
•  registered overseas secondary school exchange organisations
•  registered schools (government and non-government)
•  family violence or sexual assault services
•  youth services

Category 2 Organisations
•  charities and not-for-profit organisations
•  coaching or tuition services for children
•  commercial or publically funded transport services for children
•  counselling or other support services for children
•  cultural, sport or recreation, groups, clubs or associations providing services for children
•  disability service providers other than those registered under the Disability Act 2006 (such as  Transport Accident Commission (TAC) funded providers)
•  entertainment or party services for children
•  gym or play services for children
•  organisations which employ a child for whom a permit is required under the Child Employment  Act 2003
•  overnight camps for children
•  photography services for children
•  post-school education and training providers, including TAFE institutes and universities
•  professional babysitting services
•  religious organisations, including churches
•  residential facilities of boarding schools and student hostels
•  schools other than a registered school (such as swimming schools, dance schools)
•  talent or beauty competitions in which children participate
•  youth organisations (such as Scouts or Girl Guides)