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From 1 January 2018, religious and faith-based organisations have been required to comply with the Reportable Conduct Scheme and respond to allegations of reportable conduct made against their workers and volunteers, by investigating those allegations and reporting to the Commission for Children and Young People.

Additionally, from 1 January 2017, religious organisations that provide services for children have been required to comply with the Child Safe Standards. These standards aim to drive cultural change in organisations so that protecting children from abuse is embedded in everyday thinking and practice. The standards are compulsory but not prescriptive. This allows religious organisations flexibility in how they implement the standards to meet the requirements.

The Commission for Children and Young People, in collaboration with the Faith Communities Council of Victoria, has produced a short, easy to follow booklet to familiarise faith communities and religious organisations with their obligations under the Reportable Conduct Scheme.

If you are part of a religious and faith-based organisation that is required by law to be compliant with the Reportable Conduct Scheme, this booklet is for you. It has been prepared with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse organisations in mind to assist them with implementation of the Reportable Conduct Scheme.

To download a copy go to: https://ccyp.vic.gov.au/child-safety/resources/guides-and-information-sheets (select guidance for religious organisations on the Reportable Conduct Scheme)

To register for free information sessions offered by the Commission for Children and Young People on Child Safe Standards and the Reportable Conduct Scheme go to: https://ccyp.vic.gov.au/child-safety/resources/information-sessions

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