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Information for staff of Licensed Children’s Services

The Act amends the Child Wellbeing and Safety Act 2005 and Children’s Services Act 1996, raising minimum standards and reducing the risk of harm to children being cared for in the absence of their parents. The provisions in the Act have now commenced.

The inclusion of harm in section 26 is new. Harm to a child may include, but is not limited to, serious incidents which could lead to trauma, injury requiring the attention of a medical practitioner or death. Taking precautions to protect children from harm in this context includes precautions against harm arising in educational and care settings from physical, sexual, emotional or psychological abuse and neglect.

The Act strengthens and clarifies the powers of the regulator and allows for Children’s Services Advisors to ask questions and obtain information from past or present staff members about serious incidents. Evidence may be required to be given on oath or affirmation.

Your employer has been provided with more detailed information about changes in the legislation. Further information can be obtained from:

www.office-for-children.vic.gov.au/earlychildhood


Information sourced: Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Victoria