Child Safety Standards Laws Wef 1st January 2017. Important news for ALL Victorian Clubs

IMPORTANT NEWS FOR SKATE VICTORIA “VICTORIAN CLUBS

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WEF 1st January 2017, New laws have passed that will mean ALL Victorian organisations that have direct and regular contact with children need to meet Child Safe Standards by 1 January 2017.

Recent legislative changes 
Legislation recently passed will give the Commission for Children and Young People 
new regulatory powers to oversee and enforce compliance with the standards.

These new powers will take effect on 1 January 2017, giving the Commission the ability to request information and documents from organisations and inspect premises where services are provided for children, or where a child is engaged to provide services or facilities.

What is required? From 1 January 2017…….
Organisations with responsibility for children will need to have in place:
* Child safe policies and codes of conduct
* Screening, supervision and training processes
* Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
* Strategies to identify, reduce or remove risks of child abuse
* Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of  children
* Inclusive approaches for children with a disability, Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Skate Victoria has been working on this major project with research and development by policy developer Cat Murray to ensure that our clubs are once again provided with the highest level of membership services & are compliant with the new updated laws.

If your club….. has any interaction with persons under 18 years of age, this includes ………  Spectators at your Skate Victoria sanctioned activities, your club will require a level of  compliance and has a duty of care to create a child safe environment.

The Skate Victoria Child Safe Checklist form covers two groups: 
* Clubs that have persons under 18 years of age as members,
* And clubs with NO junior memberships who hold activities that
persons under 18 years of age can attend.

VICTORIAN Clubs, all disciplines, have already been emailed this information. If your club has not received it or you need more information regarding the SV Child Safety Standards please email Cat Murray directly at auditing@skatevictoria.com.au

A full copy of the Skate Victoria Child Safety Standards Documents are in the “Documents

section of the Skate Victoria website

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