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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:

An independent body will regulate the Framework, which is expected to apply to as many as 8000 entities in Tasmania.

Several advisory panels will inform the design and implementation of the Framework.

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.

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 an employee or volunteer of their organisation.

More information about the Reportable Conduct Scheme.

Who is being consulted with about the Framework?

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

The panels represent:

Consultation on the Framework will also involve:

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

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

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:
  • For short-term support if you are feeling overwhelmed or having difficulty coping or staying safe, contact Lifeline:
  • For free professional phone and online counselling for anyone affected by suicide living in Australia, contact Suicide Call Back Service:
  • For information and support for anxiety, depression and suicide prevention for everyone in Australia, contact Beyond Blue:
  • For information and support for anyone who is affected by complex trauma, contact Blue Knot Foundation:
  • For counselling and support for Australian men, contact MensLine Australia:
  • For advice for men about family violence, contact Men's Referral Service:

Tasmania:

  • For information about child wellbeing and safety, contact Strong Families, Safe Kids Advice and Referral Line:
  • For free and confidential support for people who have been affected by sexual violence, contact the Sexual Assault Support Service:
  • For sexual assault support in Northern Tasmania and North West Tasmania, contact Laurel House:
    • Phone for Northern Tasmania: (03) 6334 2740
    • Phone for North West Tasmania: (03) 6431 9711
  • For information and support for children, young people and adults affected by family violence, contact Family Violence Counselling and Support Service:
  • For free and confidential support for people impacted by crime, contact Victims of Crime Service:
  • For support for relationships and to live positive lives, contact Relationships Australia Tasmania:
Updated: 3rd October 2022