It is everyone’s responsibility to care for all children. Playgroup Victoria encourages all playgroups to be a space where children feel safe and secure, are welcomed and included.
The Victorian child safe standards
In 2016, following the Royal Commission into Child Abuse, and the Betrayal of Trust report, the new Victorian child safe standards were developed.
Playgroup Victoria’s commitment to child safety
Playgroup Victoria is committed to promoting and protecting the interests and safety of children. We have zero tolerance for child abuse. We are committed to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, the cultural safety of children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and the safety of children with a disability. Playgroup Victoria takes all concerns and allegations seriously and will respond in line with the organisation’s policies and procedures.
Child safe standards and community playgroups
Community playgroups are places and spaces where children and their parents/carers meet other families. At playgroup, carers are responsible for their children and remain with them throughout. Playgroups are not a regulated children’s service, and therefore, community playgroups are not required to implement the Victorian child safe standards. HOWEVER, it is also recognised that we all, as an individual or as a group, have a social responsibility to ensure the safety of all children: their emotional, psychological, social and physical well-being. This also extends to ensuring all children, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island children, children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and all children with a disability, are provided with a safe, warm and inclusive environment.
Resources for community playgroups coming soon!
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