Council Leads the Way with Child Safety Policy

Published on 15 June 2017

Media Release

Baw Baw Shire Council has unanimously adopted a Child Safety Policy solidifying the organisations commitment to uphold, endorse and promote the Victorian Government’s seven principle-based Child Safe Standards.

The Victorian Government’s Child Safe Standards aim to improve the way organisations prevent and respond to child abuse. These standards are compulsory for all organisations providing services to children.

Mayor of Baw Baw Shire Councillor Joe Gauci said the adopted policy reflects Council’s legislative responsibility in meeting the requirements of the Child Safe Standards and will assist to create a child safe organisation where protecting children and preventing and responding to child abuse is of the highest priority.

“Children’s safety is a whole of community responsibility and is everyone’s business”, said the Mayor.

“As an organisation we want to lead the way in the community with this work and Council is proud to be taking such a strong stand on prevention and responding to child abuse with a Zero Tolerance approach.

Local Government organisations such as Baw Baw Shire Council are classified a ‘Category 1’ organisation due to the many direct and indirect services it provides to children and families.

As an organisation, Council is required to be compliant with these standards immediately. Compliance with these standards will be audited through the State Government’s Commission for Children and Young People.

“The ball is well and truly rolling with this; Council has three Child Safety Champions appointed to oversee and support the child safety work and Councillors have already participated in the training”, said the Mayor.

“A great deal of work is going on behind the scenes including delivery of training to all Council employees, volunteers, section 86 committees and any other sub-organisation that Council interacts with.”

Additionally Council has created a 40 point Action Plan on becoming compliant with the standards which is in the process of being implemented.

For more information, go to Child Safety Policy.