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Child and Youth Safe Organisations Framework

Tasmania is in the process of establishing a legally mandated framework to uphold and improve the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in institutional settings. This advances recommendations of the Royal Commission.

The Tasmanian Government is developing a new legally mandated framework that aims to improve the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in institutional settings.

The Child and Youth Safe Organisations Framework will contribute to the development of child and youth safe organisations in Tasmania, which promote the safety of children and young people from all forms of harm in institutional settings.

In particular, the Framework will contribute to the prevention of sexual abuse against children and young people in institutional settings.

It will also improve investigation of, and responses to, child sexual abuse in institutional settings.

The Child and Youth Safe Organisations Framework project plan (PDF, 731.3 KB) includes more information about the project’s purpose, methodology, and consultation and engagement approach.

The Framework will be made up of two legislated components that are both based on recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse:

The Framework will be regulated by an independent body.

Several advisory panels have been established to inform the design and implementation of the Framework.

The Framework will be established by the Child and Youth Safe Organisations Bill, which was tabled in November 2022 and is expected to become law in early 2023.

What are Child and Youth Safe Standards?

The Child and Youth Safe Standards will be a list of things organisations must do to protect the wellbeing and safety of children they come into contact with.

Organisations must apply all 10 Child and Youth Safe Standards in an environment that ensures the right to Cultural Safety for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people. This is known as the ‘universal principle’.

More information about the Child and Youth Safe Standards.

What is the Reportable Conduct Scheme?

Some organisations engage with children and young people in ways that place them at higher risk of harm.

These organisations will be required to comply with the Reportable Conduct Scheme to report concerns about conduct related to child abuse involving a worker.

More information about the Reportable Conduct Scheme.

Who is being consulted with about the Framework?

The Department of Justice has established several advisory panels to inform the creation and implementation of the Framework.

The panels represent:

In addition to the above, work is continuing to establish an ongoing consultation mechanism for children and young people with care experience.

Consultation on the Framework will also involve:

  • individual meetings with stakeholders
  • focus groups
  • roundtables
  • workshops
  • public consultations
  • speaking with other jurisdictions.

Who will have to comply with the Child and Youth Safe Organisations Framework?

This table provides a summary of the types of organisations that will have to comply with the Child and Youth Safe Standards and Reportable Conduct Scheme, including the date when their compliance will start.

Type of organisation Child and
Youth Safe
Standards
Reportable
Conduct
Scheme
Date must
start to
comply
Accommodation and residential services for children, including housing services and overnight camps Yes Yes 1 January 2024
Activities or services of any kind, under the auspices of a particular religious
denomination or faith through which adults have contact with children
Yes Yes 1 January 2024
Child care and commercial babysitting services Yes Yes 1 January 2024
Child protection services and out-of-home care, including contact services Yes Yes 1 January 2024
Health services for children, including organisations that provide counselling services* Yes Yes 1 January 2024
An organisation that provides early intervention or disability support services Yes Yes 1 January 2024
Justice and detention services for children* Yes Yes 1 January 2024
Education services for children Yes Yes 1 January 2024
Tasmanian Government and Local Government Yes Yes 1 January 2024
Tasmanian Parliament

Yes

Yes 1 January 2024
Government House Yes Yes 1 January 2024
Neighbourhood Houses Yes   1 July 2024
A club, association or cadet organisation that has a significant membership of,
or involvement by, children
Yes Yes 1 July 2024
An entity that provides a coaching or tuition service to children Yes Yes 1 July 2024
An entity that provides commercial services to children Yes   1 July 2024
A transport service specifically for children Yes   1 July 2024

*Full details of the organisations required to comply with the Child and Youth Safe Standards, and the Reportable Conduct Scheme, are set out in Schedule 2 and 3 respectively within the Child and Youth Safe Organisations Bill 2022.

How do I stay up to date about the Framework?

You can subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date about the development and implementation of the Child and Youth Safe Organisations Framework.

To subscribe:

  1. Go to the subscription webpage
  2. Fill in your details
  3. Check the box that says ‘Child and Youth Safe Organisations Framework’.

You can also read earlier editions of the newsletter:

How do I get in touch with the people developing the Framework?

You can send questions and comments related to the Framework and the project to cysof@justice.tas.gov.au

Useful links

The following websites have tools, resources and information on how the Child Safe Standards and Reportable Conduct Scheme are operating in other parts of Australia:

Seeking help?

We encourage anyone affected by, or with concerns about, child sexual abuse or other types of child abuse to access advice and support.

National:

  • For domestic, family, and sexual violence counselling and support, contact
    1800RESPECT:
    • Phone: 1800 737 732
  • For short-term support if you are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping or staying safe, contact Lifeline:
    • Phone: 13 11 14
  • For free professional phone and online counselling for anyone affected by suicide living in Australia, contact Suicide Call Back Service:
    • Phone: 1300 659 467
  • For information and support for anxiety, depression and suicide prevention for everyone in Australia, contact Beyond Blue:
    • Phone: 1300 224 636
  • For information and support for anyone who is affected by complex trauma, contact
    Blue Knot Foundation:
    • Phone: 1300 657 380
  • For counselling and support for Australian men, contact MensLine Australia:
    • Phone: 1300 789 978
  • For advice for men about family violence, contact Men's Referral Service:
    • Phone: 1300 766 491
    For free 24/7, confidential and private counselling service specifically for children and young people aged 5 to 25 years, contact Kids Helpline:
    • Phone: 1800 55 1800

Tasmania:

Updated: 1st February 2023