Child Safe Overview
RDA Victoria is committed to ensuring that children and young people who participate in its activities have a safe and happy experience. RDA Victoria supports and respects children, young people, staff, volunteers and participants. RDA Victoria is committed to the expectations of compliance with the Victorian Government Child Safe Standards (Child Wellbeing and Safety (Child Safe Standards Compliance and Enforcement) Amendment Act 2021 https://content.legislation.vic.gov.au/sites/default/files/2021-06/591183bs1.pdf).
The seven prescribed Child Safe Standards are:
- Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements
- A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety
- A code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children
- Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
- Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
- Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
- Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.
The Principles of Application
The Commission of Children and Young People require that these seven Standards must be applied in a manner that promotes:
- The cultural safety of Aboriginal children
- The cultural safety of children from a culturally and/or linguistically diverse background
- The safety of children with a disability
Within this section they include children with a disability:
Safety of children with a disability
Children with a disability are particularly vulnerable to abuse and organisations may need to take specific steps to meet their safety and participation needs.
This includes issues relating to:
- communication needs
- their reliance on a caregiver for personal care requirements
- potential social isolation
- potential limited access to developmentally appropriate sexual and relationship information.
These Child Safe application principles can be found here:
and other information here:
Resources for display at your Centre
Posters: these are some templates that you should use, some are for adults to remind them of their Child Safe responsibilities and others that children are more likely to relate to.
We are a Child Safe Club Poster
Child Safe Sport Poster
Child Safe Sport for Children (Superpowers) Poster
These are updates of the posters you have previously been provided with by RDAV, these templates enable you to do your own updating. If you want us to send you more, please contact admin@rdav,asn.au with your request and Centre details.
Resources: these resources are provided through other organisations including State and National Sporting governance bodies.
Vicsport Child Safe Resources
Online Training: Play by the Rules is a Child Protection online training course is free and suitable for players, volunteers, coaches, officials and administrators in sport. We expect all committee members, coached and other volunteers to complete. It is readily accessible online at:
Completion certificates should be recorded and kept as part of Centre compliance for accreditation/auditing purposes.
Resources to assist you with compliance with embedding each of the Standards into Centre functions.
These buttons link you to information to support translating theory into practice, eg. Child Safe Standard 4 provides information about things to consider when designing recruitment communications. Each of these information sections has links to further resources to assist you.
Links to Information for Each Standard