Child Safe Standards
We are committed to being a child safe, child friendly and child empowering organisation. In everything we do we seek to protect children. We listen and respond if harm or abuse occurs and remain open, honest and transparent about any failings.
At Berry Street, we comply with the National Child Safe Principles and the Victorian Child Safe Standards. The standards are a minimum set of requirements for organisations providing services to children in Victoria. This ensures that the safety of children is promoted, child abuse is prevented and allegations of child abuse are properly responded to.
There are 7 Child Safe Standards:
- Standard 1: Governance and leadership
- Standard 2: Clear commitment to child safety
- Standard 3: Code of conduct
- Standard 4: Human resource practices
- Standard 5: Responding and reporting
- Standard 6: Risk management and mitigation
- Standard 7: Empowering children.
We work with groups of children and young people who may be particularly vulnerable to abuse. Accordingly, we pay particular attention to:
- the safety of children in out-of-home care
- the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
- the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds
- the safety of children with a disability
- the safety of children who are LGBTIQ+.
There is zero tolerance for any form of child abuse or maltreatment within the organisation. Any suspected abuse or maltreatment must be reported both internally and to external authorities including police and Child Protection.
If you have concerns that a child is at risk of significant harm as a result of abuse or neglect, please contact Child Protection.