The Victorian Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) has released 11 new Victorian Child Safe Standards that come into effect on 1 July 2022.

If you are implementing the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne’s Parish and Entity Child Safety Assessment Tool (the Self-Assessment Tool), then you are in a good position to be compliant with the 11 new standards. This is because when the PSU developed the Safeguarding Children and Young People Framework we pre-empted the adoption by the State Government of the 10 National Principles for Child Safe Organisations which are the basis of the new Victorian Standards. In addition, we incorporated the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards.

The new Victorian Child Safe Standards (VCSS) are a combination of the previous seven standards and the 10 National Principles for Child Safe Organisations, with some minor additions and variations.

Victorian Child Safe Standards Information Sheets

Self-Assessment Tool for Victorian Child Safe Standard 1

Victorian Child Safe Standards Information Session Webinar Recording

The new Victorian Child Safe Standards (VCSS) come into effect 1 July, 2022. In this webinar recording the Professional Standards Unit from the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne (CAM), provide an introductory explanation of the new standards and discuss what the changes will mean for Archdiocesan parishes, agencies and entities. A guided comparison between the existing CAM Safeguarding Children and Young People Framework to the new VCSS is outlined and implementation hints for parishes, agencies and entities to enact changes at a practical level are explored.

This recording is designed for Clergy, parish leadership, Safeguarding Committee members and those working directly with children and young people in parish groups/programs/ministries.