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Safe Space Legal is dedicated to creating a safer environment for children and vulnerable individuals, through the provision of free resources that enable your organisation to stay up-to-date with the latest regulations and compliance guidelines. 

Our team of professionals is committed to helping you implement the necessary measures to ensure the safety of those in your care. By leveraging our resources, your organisation can avoid potential legal risks, and create a culture of safety and respect.

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.

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Victoria

In 2016, Victoria introduced the Child Safe Standards, and in 2022 the Child Safe Standards were amended to be reflective of The National Principles for Child Safe Organisations...

Western Australia

In 2023 Western Australia implemented a Reportable Conduct Scheme, and from 2024 the Reportable Conduct Scheme has been expanded to include additional types of reportable conduct under the Scheme....

Queensland

Queensland is guided by the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations however has not yet implemented the National Principles into legislation...

New South Wales

In 2020, the NSW Child Safe Standards framework commenced which are based on the National Principles for Child Safety...

South Australia

Legislation requires organisations to develop policies and procedures to ensure a child safe environment and to lodge a Compliance Statement with the Department of Human Services (SA) for their review and approval...

Northern Territory

Organisations across the Northern Territory that engage with children and young people should implement the National Principles to ensure that organisations are exercising best practice in child safety...

Tasmania

In 2024, Tasmania introduced the Child and Youth Safe Standards framework, aligning with the National Principles for Child Safety...
In 2019, the ACT government ran a four-month-long public consultation to develop a Child Safe Standards Scheme however has not yet implemented any territory-specific legislation..

National Principles

In 2017, the Royal Commission’s recommendations paved the way for creating the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. The Royal Commission recommended all organisations who work with children and young people embed child safety into policy...

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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 the process of 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 are essential to ensure that 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 that we can support our clients to improve 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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Get started on strengthening your organisation's compliance and increasing your team's skills and knowledge. Safe Space Legal invites you to connect with our team for a complimentary 30-minute consultation to discuss your organisation's needs.

Safeguarding is the active steps an organisation takes to protect children and vulnerable people from harm to ensure that their wellbeing and safety.  Organisations can safeguard from harm by having appropriate policies and procedures in place which provide safety and security, training staff about risks and identifying harm, and ensuring appropriate and transparent complaints-handling processes for incidents of abuse and harm

The Reportable Conduct Scheme requires organisations that are bound by the Scheme to respond to allegations of abuse and misconduct, notify the regulator of any reportable allegations, properly investigate reportable allegations and to notify the regulator of the findings and outcomes of the investigatoin.

In Victoria, there are five categories of reportable allegations under the Reportable Conduct Scheme:

  1. Sexual offences committed again, with or in the presence of a child,
  2. Sexual misconduct committed against, with or in the presence of a child,
  3. Physical violence against, with or in the presence of a child,
  4. Behaviour with causes significant emotional or psychological harm to a child, and
  5. Significant neglect of a child.

New South Wales, Western Australia and Tasmania have also implemented Reportable  Conduct Schemes and have similar types of conduct within their mandate which must be reported to the respective regulators in those states.

In Victoria, organisations subject to Schedule 3 of the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005 (Vic) are required to adhere to the Reportable Conduct Scheme. 

New South Wales, Western Australia and Tasmania also require organisations within the Scheme’s mandate to comply with the respective schemes.

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

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

  1. Organisations establish a culturally safe environment in which the diverse and unique identities and experiences of Frist Nation’s children and young people are respected and valued.
  2. Child safety and well-being 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 well-being.
  5. Equity is upheld and diverse needs respected in policy and practice.
  6. People working with children and young people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and well-being values in practice.
  7. Processes for complains and concerns are child-focussed.
  8. Staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and young people safe through ongoing education and training.
  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. 

In Victoria, all organisations who are listed in Schedule 1 of the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005 (Vic) must comply with the Child Safe Standards.  If your organisation has the care, supervision and authority of children it is required to comply with the standards unless the organisation does not provide services specifically for children, does not provide facilities specifically for use by children, or does not engage children in employment.

If you are concerned that an organisation is not complying with the Child Safe Standards or does not have the required policies, procedures and practices in place to meet the minimum expectations of the standards you should raise your concerns with the organisation through their complaints handling mechanism.  If you are concerned that an organisation is not responding appropriately to your concerns or is unable to respond appropriately, you can raise your concerns directly with the CCYP.

At Safe Space Legal, we offer a complementary initial half hour consultation where we will 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 from your about your organisation, how it operates, your role in the organisation and what you are needing assistance with.  From there we will develop a Proposal for you to consider prior to undertaking any work, clearly setting out what services we will be undertaking to support your organisation.  W hether it be by reviewing policies and procedures, providing training and support, completing audits, or conducting safeguarding investigations – we will be there to support you every step of the way to ensure that your organisation is legally compliant and best practice leaders in safeguarding.

Safe Space Legal only works with organisations to ensure the organisation complies with their moral and legal safeguarding obligations to keep vulnerable people such as children, people with disability and the elderly safe from harm.  While Safe Space Legal cares greatly about individuals exposed to harm and abuse, our clients are organisations.  If you are an individual that needs help you can contact:

  • In an emergency contact emergency services on Triple “0”: 000
  • Your local police station
  • Child Protection service in your respect state
  • National Disability Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1800 880 052 or [email protected]
  • NDIS Commission: 1800 035 544 or here
  • Elder Abuse Phone Line: 1800 353 374
  • Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission: 1800 951 822 or here
  • Regulators under the Reportable Conduct Scheme:
    • Strong Families, Safe Kids Tasmania: 1800 000 123
    • Australian Capital Territory Ombudsman: (02) 5119 5520 or [email protected]
    • Western Australia Ombudsman: (08) 9220 7471 or here
    • New South Wales Office of the Children’s Guardian: here
    • Victorian Commission for Children and Young People: 1300 782 978 or here
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