The safety of children and young people is everyone’s responsibility.
All children and young people who attend services, events, programs and community spaces have the right to feel safe and be heard.
The City of Casey aims to be aspirational – not just compliant – in keeping children safe.
If a child is in immediate danger call the police on 000 (triple zero).
Child Safe Standards
The City of Casey is required by law to implement Child Safe Standards in order to protect children from harm.
The Standards were established by the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005. The Standards address sexual, physical, emotional, and psychological abuse. It also covers serious neglect of children under the age of 18 years.
The Child Safe Standards are a set of eleven standards that aim to create and maintain child safe environments.
The purpose of the Child Safe Standards
The Child Safe Standards aim to:
- Promote the safety of children
- Prevent child abuse
- Ensure organisations and businesses have effective processes in place to respond to - and report all - allegations of child abuse.
The Child Safe Standards work by:
- Driving changes in organisational culture – embedding child safety in everyday thinking and practice
- Providing a minimum standard of child safety across all organisations
- Highlighting that we all have a role to keep children safe from abuse.
Child safety and those most at risk
Although all children are vulnerable, some face extra vulnerabilities. The standards provide three overarching principles that organisations must consider:
- The cultural safety of Aboriginal children.
- The cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds.
- The safety of children with a disability.
All children or young people who attend services, programs, and events delivered by the City of Casey have the right to feel and be safe.
This includes spaces owned or managed by Council.
The wellbeing and safety of children and young people in our care will always be our priority.
The City of Casey has zero-tolerance of child abuse. Council is committed to creating and maintaining a safe and friendly organisation where all children are valued and protected from abuse.
The City of Casey is committed to creating and maintaining a child safe organisation. Protecting children from abuse is embedded in the everyday thinking and practice of Council, its employees, contractors and volunteers.
Who can I contact for help?
Kids Helpline is a free 24/7, confidential and private counselling service specifically for children and young people aged 5 to 25 years.
You can speak to them:
- over the phone
- via email
- through online live chat
You can contact Kids Helpline about a wide range of issues. This includes everyday topics such as family, friends and school to more serious issues of child abuse, bullying, mental health issues, drug and alcohol use, homelessness and suicide.
What is considered conduct against a child?
Conduct against a child includes:
- Sexual offences
- Sexual misconduct
- Physical violence
- Significant emotional or psychological harm
- Significant neglect.
How to report a concern
Any concerns about a City of Casey employee, administrator, volunteer or contractor’s behaviour or conduct towards a child or young person will be treated seriously.
If you speak a language other than English, you can call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450.
- Child Safety Policy
- Easy to Read Child Safety Policy
- More information about the Victorian Child Safe Standards and Reportable Conduct Scheme, including translated resources, can be found on the Commission for Children and Young People’s website.
Resources for parents and carers
Parents and carers frequently choose activities, services or programs for children. To be confident children are welcome and safe when attending an activity or service, there are a range of issues that need to be considered. The following resources may be of assistance:
- What to look for in a child safe organisation
- Teaching your child to keep themselves safe
- Information about the indicators of abuse and the impacts it has on children
- A guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents and carers
- Information on cultural differences and conflict
- Advice for parents and carers on how to help children have safe experiences online
- What is child abuse and neglect?
- When a child discloses abuse it can be hard to know how to respond.