Victoria now has a Reportable Conduct Scheme to oversee allegations of child abuse and misconduct.
From 1 January 2018, all Affiliates are required to respond to allegations of child abuse or other child-related misconduct made against any of their workers, volunteers, and appointed leaders.
This means Affiliates are required to
- have systems in place to prevent child abuse,
- if child abuse is alleged, ensure allegations can be brought to the attention of appropriate persons for investigation and response, and
- make sure a proper investigation and response is made (if it involves criminal conduct, police will advise when to proceed).
Allegations can be made about the conduct of people even if
- they do not have direct contact with children, or
- the conduct occurred outside of their roles at the church or agency.
There are 5 types of ‘reportable conduct’.
- sexual offences committed against, with or in the presence of a child;
- sexual misconduct committed against, with or in the presence of a child;
- physical violence against, with or in the presence of a child;
- any behaviour that causes significant emotional or psychological harm to a child; and
- significant neglect of a child.
The Head of Entity, in most cases the Chair of the Board, must notify the Commission for Children & Young People of any allegations within 3 days of becoming aware of them. If you need assistance in determining who is the head of your organisation, we recommend that you review your structure and governance, which may include seeking legal advice, and contact the CCVT Safe Places Coordinator or the Commission for clarification and guidance.
For more information or to notify or update the CCYP of an allegation, contact:
Commission for Children and Young People
Level 18, 570 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: (03) 8601 5281
CCVT is here to assist all Affiliates with any matters related to the Reportable Conduct Scheme. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on (03) 9488 8800.
The Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) is currently updating the narrated PowerPoint videos that give an overview of the Reportable Conduct scheme. Updated videos will be made available here when they are recieved from the CCYP.