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New Child Safe Standards come into force from 1 July 2022 to better protect children and young people from abuse. These standards build on the existing 2016 Child Safe standards. They align with many of the obligations all early childhood services already have under the National Law and Regulations, or the Children’s Services Act and Regulations, and reflect the practice principles from the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF), and the National Quality Standard (NQS) for NQF services. All services, complying with the new Child Safe Standards will require cultural change, support from service leadership, and a commitment to continuous improvement.

What is YRKI doing? 

The new Standards require YRKI to:

  • focus on preventing child abuse of all types (sexual, physical and psychological) at the service. YRKI must now go beyond protecting children from harm and hazard to a new model where everyone at the service actively considers the risk of abuse to children and plans to reduce or remove the risk.
  • ensure the cultural safety of Aboriginal children, children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, those who are unable to live at home, and gender diverse children.
  • ensure that all children are empowered to have a voice and to participate equally
  • manage the risk of child abuse in online environments (as well as physical environments)
  • involve families and community in the service’s work to keep children safe
  • embed child safety in service governance, to make sure that all policies and systems work together to protect children from abuse
  • ensure that everyone at the service understands their obligations to protect children, actively supports reporting concerns and complaints, has a clear understanding of how they should treat children, when to report, and how to keep records. Comprehensive induction and regular refresher training is important.
  • have child safe champions at your service who can lead discussions, answer questions and generally support the change consider ways your service will communicate and consult with children, families and community about your compliance with the new Standards

We are currently working with our key stakeholders to ensure these standards are reflective in everything we do from our formal policies, to our language within our preschools to our communications to parents, guardians and families. 

Learn more about the new Child Safe Standards here: The Child Safe Standards (


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Yarra Ranges Kindergartens Inc. respectfully acknowledges the traditional owners, the Wurundjeri people, as the custodians of this land. We pay respect to all Aboriginal community Elders, past and present, who have resided in the area and have been an integral part of the history of the region. YRKI is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives. Particular attention is paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.
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