Child Safe workplace

If you believe a child is in immediate danger call 000

Children and young people have a right to feel safe. 

We are continually working to make sure we have a child safe and friendly environment where children and young people are respected, valued and encouraged to reach their full potential.

About child safe standards

The Victorian Government requires all funded programs to protect children from abuse as a part of our everyday practice. Our policies, procedures and training support our employees, volunteers and contractors in achieving the Child Safe Standards.

Surf coast shire child safe commitment statement

Surf Coast Shire is committed to being a child safe organisation and has zero tolerance for child abuse. The focus of our work is on children under the age of 18. We recognise our legal and moral responsibilities in keeping children and young people safe from harm and promoting their best interests.

We have a commitment to the cultural safety of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, culturally and linguistically diverse children, and to the safety of children with a disability. We aim to create enriching experiences for young learners and want children to feel safe, happy and empowered.

We have specific policies, procedures and training in place to support employees, volunteers and contractors to achieve these commitments. We create environments where all children have a voice and are listened to, their views are respected and they contribute to how we plan for, design and develop our services and activities.

All Surf Coast Shire employees, volunteers and contractors have a legal obligation to report suspected cases of child sexual abuse to the police.

Report concerns about the safety of a child

Related legislation

  • Children Youth and Families Act (2005)
  • Working with Children Act (2005)
  • Child Wellbeing and Safety Act (2005) *this act was amended in 2015 to include the Child Safe Standards
  • The Charter of Human Rights and Responsibility Act (2006)
  • The Commission of Children and Young People Act (2012)
  • Privacy and Data Protection Act (2014)

Information and support services

Child Wise
Child Wise National Child Abuse Helpline is a toll-free number

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
1800 991 099 or 03 9826 6355

13 11 14 (24 hours)

Kids Helpline
1800 551 800