Department of Human Services

Child safe environments

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Children and young people have a right to be safe and protected at all times, including when accessing services in the community.

Child protection legislation in South Australia requires certain organisations to provide a child-safe environment. All state authorities and persons or bodies who provide a service or undertake an activity that constitutes child-related work under the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 must meet these obligations.

See which organisations are included.

To meet the obligations under the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017 and the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016, these organisations must have a child safe environments policy in place, meet working with children check obligations and lodge a child safe environments compliance statement.

On 1 July 2019, the Child Safety (Prohibited Persons) Act 2016 began. This legislation replaces parts of the Children’s Protection Act 1993. The legislation has made some changes to the child-safe environments obligations for organisations that provide services to children and young people in South Australia. For more information visit the legislative changes web page.

Contact child safe environments

Phone: 8463 6468

 Creating child safe environments policy

Creating a child safe environments policy

Learn what’s required to create a child safe environments policy for your organisation.

Working with Children Check obligations

Check what working with children obligations your organisation must meet.

Lodging a compliance statement

See how to lodge your organisation's compliance statement.

As a prescribed organisation, DHS has a Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy, which applies to all children, young people and families we work with.

Page last updated : 15 Jan 2021

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