The Victorian Government is aiming to protect children from harm with the expansion of its Reportable Conduct Scheme.
Families and Children Minister Jenny Mikakos announced that from this week the scheme will apply to religious bodies, boarding schools, services that provide overnight camps, disability services, and hospitals.
Under the Reportable Conduct Scheme, organisations providing services to children are required to report any allegations of child abuse and misconduct to the Commission for Children and Young People, ensuring individuals who pose a risk to children can be excluded from working with children, even if they don’t have a criminal record.
Reportable conduct includes a sexual offence or misconduct, physical violence, significant emotional or psychological harm, or neglect.
Introduced in July 2017, the scheme already applies to out-of-home care services, government departments and schools.
Ms Mikakos said child safety is everyone’s responsibility.
‘‘We need to do everything we can to protect children from abuse and make it a part of everyday thinking and practice for those who work with them,’’ she said.
‘‘The Reportable Conduct Scheme places a clear onus on organisations to respond to allegations of abuse by reporting them to the appropriate authorities.
‘‘We’re driving cultural change in organisations across the state to make Victoria safer for all children.’’
For more information on the Reportable Conduct Scheme, visit the Commission for Children and Young People’s website at ccyp.vic.gov.au