New Legislation in Place to Protect Children

As an organisation committed to protecting children and young people, safeguarding children has always been a fundamental aspect of the Society’s work.

After the many heartbreaking stories that emerged from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, NSW has introduced new legislation, called the Child Safe Scheme, to protect children and young people in the care of organisations. This legislation came into effect on 1st February 2022. NSW has also introduced changes to the Crime Act, which makes failing to report serious cases of child abuse a criminal offence.

The Child Safe Scheme requires certain organisations in NSW, such as the St Vincent de Paul Society, to implement the Child Safe Standards recommended by the Royal Commission, including background checks, regular training, and reference checks. This means that members, volunteers, and employees must complete the Child Safe training module, which is available on the Vinnies Learning Centre, every two years. This training will explain what child abuse looks like and our legal obligations to report concerns about the safety of children.

By completing this training and staying up to date with the legislation, members as individuals, and we as an organisation, are doing our best to ensure the safety and well-being of children and young people.

Click here to learn more about the legislative changes and what they mean for you as a member.

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