Thechair of the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse has called for all institutions to adopt a 10-point checklist of nationalstandards to keep children safe.
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Justice Peter McClellanused a speech to the Association of Children’s Welfare Agenciesin Sydney on Mondayto call for anend in thepower of the institutionsto silence a child or diminish the preparedness or capacity of adults to protect children.

Hetook particularaim at out-of-home-care wheresexual abuse of children remainedprevalent.

Thelistincludedchildren participatingin decisions affecting them and are taken seriously and ensuringstaff are equipped to keep children safe through continual education.

Families and Children Minister Jenny Mikados said the state government wasalready takingaction to protect children in out-of-home care.Four new Ballarat child protection workers wereannounced on Monday.

She said theworkerswouldhelpfamilies in crisis and have a “direct, positive and lasting impact” onchildren at risk of abuse and neglect.

She thegovernment had also establishednewpartnership between Victoria Police and the Department of Health and Human Services which focused on protecting children atserious risk of sexual exploitation.

Under the changes, a Victoria Police sexual offence and child abuse investigator wasallocated to each child who is identified as being at significant risk.

“The investigator, along with child protection staff, will build a relationship with each child or young person, building their trust while continuing to disrupt perpetrators and bringing them to justice,” MsMikados said.

She said$16 million wasinvested intoextra security and safetyat residential care facilities last year. InMay, the governmentpumped$8 million intovocational training for all residential care workers.

Last month, St Patrick’sCollege wasthe first Victorian secondary school to introduce the “gold standard” Keeping Them Safe program.

Paedophile priests named in the royal commission hearings taught at St Patrick’s College during the 1970s and 1980s.

Catholic Education Commission of Victoria executive director Stephen Elder said the program was about changing cultures,raising awareness, minimising risk and strengthening capacity to prevent and respond to abuse by creating a zero tolerance environment.

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