VICSEG New Futures is committed to;
- Promoting and protecting the safety, wellbeing, and interests of children and young people and acting in the best interest of children.
- Promoting the cultural safety, participation, and empowerment of students, including children, from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds.
- Promoting a culturally safe environment in which the diverse and unique identities and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people are respected and valued.
- Ensuring that LGBTQIA+ students, including children, are safe and can participate equally.
- Ensuring that children who are unable to live at home, or who are in out-of-home care, are safe and can participate equally;
- Ensuring our physical and online environments promote safety and wellbeing and minimise the opportunity for children and young people to be harmed.
- VICSEG seeks to ensure clear, fair, and transparent processes in responding to, and reporting, actual or suspected child abuse. This includes the establishment of a procedure for the reporting of child abuse; Child Safety Reporting Officers within organisation.
- We have zero tolerance for child abuse. All children, regardless of their gender, race, religious beliefs, age, disability, sexual orientation, or family or social background, have equal rights to protection from abuse. Everyone working for VICSEG New Futures is responsible for the care and protection of children and for reporting information about child abuse. Under the Child Protection Act 1999, there is a legal responsibility of mandatory reporting for everyone. You must make a report if you reasonably believe a child has been harmed or exploited, or that a child is likely to be harmed or exploited. You are safeguarded under the law from legal or professional liability if you make a report in good faith.
- Taking all reasonable steps for thorough recruitment due diligence, including the requirement for prospective staff members to provide the organisation with pre-employment Working with Children Check and where relevant National Police Check.
- Training and educating our staff members, contractors and volunteers on the child safe standards, reportable conduct and child abuse risks.
- The welfare of children and young people will always be our first priority. We want children to experience safety, happiness, and empowerment.
Support for young people at VICSEG
VICSEG’s Student Support team offers a range of free, confidential support services to help young people stay engaged with their studies and achieve their educational goals. The team can also support young people to connect in with specialised help, including members of the LGBTQIA+ community and students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
To see the list of services available, download our Student Handbook.
These services can be accessed by calling (03) 9383 2533, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or visiting a Student Support team in our campuses.
Remember - if you feel unsafe, worried or need support, act immediately, reach out to a trusted adult, and connect in with VICSEG Student Support. If you need urgent assistance or support, help is available 24/7:
- Emergency Services (Ambulance, Police, Fire) 000
- Lifeline (Mental health and suicide counselling, 24/7) 13 11 14
- Kidshelpline (Support line for young people aged 5-25, 24/7) 1800 551 800
- 13YARN (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander crisis support, 24/7) 13 92 76
- Headspace (Mental health support for young people aged 12-25, 9AM-1AM, 7 days) 1800 650 890
VICSEG New Futures Child Safe Officers:
Frontline Child Safety Officer:
Valentina Ilievski | T: (03) 9093 5177 |
Child Safety Officer/Administrator:
Klaudia Krysztofek |
M: 0425 805 556 | E: KKrysztofek@vicsegnewfutures.org.au
Human Resources Manager:
Maha Mohamed |
T: (03) 9093 5177 |
Child Safe Standards
Translated resources about child safe standards
New Child Safe Standards Information Sheet (PDF. Via Commission for Children and Young People website)
Responding to Incidents Disclosures and Suspicions of Child Abuse