Moores law firm has released a free Child Protection Toolkit to help not-for-profit organisations and schools promote child safety, following changes to Victorian legislation.
Moores teamed up with not-for-profit hub Our Community to launch the Child Protection Toolkit, following new Victorian legislation that came into effect for most not-for-profits on 1 January 2016.
The changes, introduced under the Crimes, Child Wellbeing and Education Acts, impose a range of new child protection obligations on organisations.
The Child Protection Toolkit explains the changes and sets out practical advice to help organisations across Australia meet their compliance obligations and ensure their environment is a safe place for children.
Catherine Brooks (pictured), Moores principal and lead author of the toolkit, said she is passionate about helping prevent institutional child abuse.
“By downloading this toolkit and putting in place the strategies, policies and procedures it recommends, organisations will be taking the first invaluable step toward preventing child abuse,” Ms Brooks said.
“With a rise in the number of Australian children receiving child protection services each year, it is vital these new laws are understood and taken seriously so we as a community can work together to reduce this number year-on-year. We’d like to see these figures reduced to zero.”
According to Ms Brooks, the pro bono value of the toolkit is $75,000.