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Child and Youth Safe Organisations Framework

The Tasmanian Child and Youth Safe Organisations Framework (Framework) will include Child Safe Standards and a Reportable Conduct Scheme, based on the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

What will the Framework do?

The Framework will:

  • Contribute to the development of child and youth safe organisations in Tasmania.
  • Contribute to preventing sexual abuse against children and young people in institutional settings.
  • Improve the investigation of and responses to child sexual abuse in institutional settings.

What are Child Safe Standards?

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

The Child Safe Standards will:

  • Promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in services, organisations, businesses, clubs, and associations.
  • Contribute to the prevention of abuse and harm to children.
  • Ensure that services, organisations, businesses, clubs, and associations have policies and procedures in place to respond to any incidents of child abuse.

The Tasmanian Government will use the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations as its Child Safe Standards, adapting them to the Tasmanian context in consultation with key stakeholders.

The National Principles are based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child.

The Child Safe Standards will refer to child sexual abuse and other forms of harm to children and young people that occurs in organisations.

An independent body will monitor organisations’ implementation of the Child Safe Standards.

What is a Reportable Conduct Scheme?

The Child and Youth Safe Organisations Framework will include a mandatory Reportable Conduct Scheme.

Some organisations engage with children and young people in ways that place them at higher risk of harm.  The Reportable Conduct Scheme requires leaders of those organisations to report concerns about conduct related to child abuse involving an employee or volunteer of their organisation to an independent body.

The independent body will monitor how the organisation handles allegations, conduct, or convictions related to harm to children.

Who will the Framework apply to?

Services, organisations, businesses, clubs, and associations that specifically engage or involve children and young people under 18 years will be legally required to implement the Framework.

The involvement of children and young people may be as service users, participants, members, students, trainees and employees, or volunteers. The Framework will apply to as many as 8000 entities in Tasmania.

After consultation with key stakeholders, the Tasmanian Government will finalise the full range of organisations required to comply with the Framework.

More information

This website is under development – more information will be available here soon.

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

Existing Resources

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 child sexual abuse or other types of child abuse to access advice and support. Support is available from the following services:

National

Tasmania

1800 Respect 1800 737 732 or visit www.1800respect.org.au

Lifeline 13 11 14 or visit the Lifeline website

Beyond Blue 1300 224 636

Blue Knot Foundation 1300 657 380

MensLine Australia 1300 789 978

Men's Referral Service 1300 766 491

Strong Families, Safe Kids Advice & Referral Line 1800 000 123

Sexual Assault Support Service 1800 697 877

Family Violence Counselling and Support Service 1800 608 122

Victims of Crime Service 1300 300 238

Relationships Australia Tasmania - 1300 364 277

Hearing Lived Experiences Survey

Building on the Royal Commission's 2018 survey, the Hearing Lived Experience Survey 2022 is an online public survey of adult victim-survivors with lived experience of family and sexual violence.

The survey opens on 11 February 2022 for 12 months for victim-survivors to come forward and safely share their story. The survey takes around 25 minutes to complete.

A shortened version of the Survey will be available from March as a booklet at Service Tasmania outlets or local Neighbourhood Houses for people who can't access the internet.

Commission of Inquiry – Share Your Experience

The Commission of Inquiry into the Tasmanian Government's Response to Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings is underway.

Information on how to share your experience with the Commission is available. A qualified counsellor or psychologist will be available to support participants before and after the session.