Safeguarding Services

We equip organisations with the skills and awareness to keep children, young people and vulnerable people safe.

Expert Guidance

50 years of combined legal expertise blended with practical insights to effectively navigate child safety and safeguarding.

Flexible Delivery

In-person and online training with fixed pricing, ensuring budget-friendly options for mandatory training compliance.

Compliance Assurance

Stay current with evolving child safety laws with training, which is updated when laws change to ensure compliance is met.

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Your Free Consultation

We invite you to contact Safe Space Legal to book a free 30-minute consultation to discuss your orgainsation's safeguarding needs

Location

Our lawyers are based in Victoria, servicing the Safeguarding needs of organisations nationwide

Providing Safeguarding Services To Organisations To Help Protect Children & Young People

At Safe Space Legal, our mission is to empower organisations to meet child safety requirements, ensuring safeguarding of children and vulnerable individuals. We specialise in comprehensive child safety and safeguarding training, ensuring that vulnerable individuals have the necessary protections in place.

We understand how difficult it can be to access the support required to manage the needs of children experiencing harm, as well as policies and compliance requirements. Our team are committed to reducing harm and enhancing collective efforts to change organisational outcomes.

Child Protection, Child Safety & Safeguarding Expertise

Our team of legal experts have years of collective experience in providing comprehensive child safety and safeguarding education and support. Recognising the dynamic nature of safeguarding, we offer tailored training solutions designed to meet your unique needs and budgets.

We support schools, early learning centres, youth service organisations, family services, religious institutions, and the aged care and disability sectors. Our programs are customised to address your specific circumstances, meeting any gaps in training and policy to ensure education and compliance.

Our interactive in-person and online workshops are comprehensive and engaging, enabling your staff to identify harm indicators, understand abuse types, fulfil reporting obligations, and foster a culture of safety.

Safeguarding Investigations: The Interplay Between Child Safety Systems
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Children and young people are inherently vulnerable to abuse and harm.  Children have a right to feel safe and be safe in all environments.  Exposing children and young people to abuse and harm may cause long-term trauma and impact their growth and development.  Organisations must take active steps to comply with their duty of care to mitigate risk of harm.

Safe Space Legal Help Create Child Safe Organisations

Whatever your organisational needs are, we’ll work with you to align your procedures, training and policies with legal requirements.

In 2024, we’re launching convenient e-learning modules for flexible, anytime access, allowing your team to study at a time that best suits them from a location that is most convenient. We use practical case studies that connect with your team and ensure your organisation is equipped to navigate child safety challenges effectively.

Working with Safe Space Legal ensures you have the expertise to safeguard those in your care and assure compliance with changing laws and requirements.

Our Safeguarding Services

Policy Development

We assist you in creating comprehensive safeguarding policies that are legally sound and practical for your organisation.

Procedure Implementation

Drafting policies is the beginning of effective safeguarding. We guide you through effectively implementing these policies within your organisation.

Training and Education

We ensure that your staff and volunteers understand their safeguarding obligations. We offer tailored training and educational programs, including induction and ongoing training to upskill staff, volunteers, board members and executive management in child safety and safeguarding.

Compliance Audits

Regular audits ensure your safeguarding policies and processes remain effective and up-to-date. We conduct thorough assessments to identify areas for improvement.

Legal Support

Our lawyers provide legal advice and representation to ensure compliance with regulators, including responding to enforcement action, so we can support our clients in improving their safeguarding capacity.

Crisis Management

In the event of a critical incident, our legal team is here to provide support, guidance, and representation as needed.
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Protecting Children & Young People - Safe Space Legal Child Safe Specialists

Navigating child safety and safeguarding matters can be complex, and our experienced team is ready to provide expert guidance when needed. Our team will remove the uncertainty of recognising, responding and reporting with our comprehensive training and policy assistance.

As your trusted advisors, we offer ongoing support, ensuring your organisation is well-prepared to handle any incident. From assessing reportable conduct under regulatory schemes to risk management and compliance with reporting obligations, Safe Space Legal is by your side. We also offer a support line for an affordable, fixed fee to provide instruction and reassurance in critical moments. Let us take the confusion out of child safety and safeguarding, offering peace of mind and proactive assistance every step of the way.

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Contact Information

Get in touch today to organise your complimentary 30-minute consultation to discuss your child safety and safeguarding needs. Our team is based in Melbourne, but we work with organisations nationwide – assisting both in-person and online as required.

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We invite you to contact our team to book a free 30-minute consultation to discuss your organisation's safeguarding needs.

Child Safety & Safeguarding Frequently Asked Questions

Safeguarding involves the proactive measures that organisations implement to ensure the wellbeing and safety of children and vulnerable individuals, protecting them from potential harm from abuse and neglect. This entails the establishment of effective policies and procedures, creating a secure environment, educating staff about potential risks and recognising signs of risk or harm.

Additionally, safeguarding involves the implementation of a transparent complaints handling processes to address and rectify incidents of abuse, neglect or potential harm, and ensure duty of care is met. Through these comprehensive efforts, organisations actively work to create a protective framework that prioritises the welfare of those under their care.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse demonstrated the historical widespread failings of organisations and institutions to prevent and respond to child abuse. The Royal Commoission’s final report identified over 400 areas for changes to be made to improve the responses of those responsible for child safety. The importance of institutional responses cannot be underestimated, and this comes down to each organisation ensuring the safety of children within their care.

You can read the National Office of Child Safety’s full report here.

Organisations who are required to comply with the Reportable Conduct Scheme must ensure that they properly respond to allegations of child abuse and harm by employees of the organisation. This includes the obligation to inform the regulatory body of any reportable allegations.

Furthermore, organisations must conduct thorough investigations into such reportable allegations, ensuring a comprehensive examination of the alleged incidents. Subsequently, the findings and outcomes of these investigations must be communicated to the regulator. The Reportable Conduct Scheme establishes a framework that emphasises accountability and transparency in responding to and managing allegations within organisations.

Currently the Reportable Conduct Scheme operates in some states across Australia including Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and soon Tasmania. It is likely that in time, a Reportable Conduct Scheme in the disability sector will also be established.

In Victoria, organisations working with children must comply with the 11 Child Safe Standards to ensure they provide safe services to children and young people. The standards outline the minimum expected outcomes organisations must achieve to be considered “child safe”.

The 11 standards are based on the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.

The Victorian Child Safe Standards are:

  1. Organisations establish a culturally safe environment where the diverse and unique identities and experiences of First Nation’s children and young people are respected and valued.
  2. Child safety and wellbeing is embedded in organisational leadership, governance and culture.
  3. Children and young people are empowered about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously.
  4. Families and communities are informed and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing.
  5. Equity is upheld, and diverse needs are respected in policy and practice.
  6. People working with children and young people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and wellbeing values in practice.
  7. Processes for complaints and concerns are child-focused.
  8. Through ongoing education and training, staff and volunteers have the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and young people safe.
  9. Physical and online environments promote safety and wellbeing while minimising the opportunity for children and young people to be harmed.
  10. Implementation of the Child Safe Standards is regularly reviewed and improved.
  11. Policies and procedures document how the organisation is safe for children and young people.

All states and territories in Australia have endorsed the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations, and some states have enacted the National Principles into legislation.

At Safe Space Legal, we offer a complimentary initial half-hour consultation to discuss your safeguarding needs and how we can best support your organisation to meet those needs. Being a law firm, our consultations are confidential and subject to legal professional privilege. At the initial consultation, we will get further information about your organisation, how it operates, your role in the organisation and what you need assistance with.

From there, we will develop a Proposal for you to consider before undertaking any work, clearly setting out what services we will engage in to support your organisation. Whether by reviewing policies and procedures, providing training and support, completing audits, or conducting safeguarding investigations – we will be there to help you every step of the way, to ensure that your organisation is legally compliant and best practice leaders in safeguarding.

Let us help your organisation ensure child safety, reduce harm and enhance responses - to positively impact young people's lives.

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