Under legislation, all community language schools must comply with the Child Safe Standards.
The purpose of the Child Safe Standards is to prevent abuse of children by making organisations safer for children. So that children at community language schools can feel safe and be safe, responsibility for child safety should be understood and accepted by everyone in the organisation.
Here is a link to the official Victorian Child Safety website:
Every community language school and campus must have:
- strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements
- a child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety
- a code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children
- screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
- processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
- strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
- strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.
All staff, volunteers and committee members must undertake three hours of compulsory Child Safety training . In addition, all staff, volunteers and committee members must sign a Code of Conduct annually to ensure they have read and understood its contents.
The self-audit tool is designed to help organisations assess their progress in meeting the Child Safe Standards and becoming a child safe organisation. Please complete and email the self-audit and WWCC/VIT registry form to our Compliance Officer, Ms. Neda Erjaei, at firstname.lastname@example.org by May 10th, 2021.