The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) is committed to ensure the safety, participation and empowerment of children and young people is paramount. VicHealth has zero tolerance to any and all harm and/or abuse of children and young people. To achieve the best outcomes for children and young people who engage with us or our funded programs, we expect our staff, Board, Committee and Panel members, contractors and our funded partners or service providers to work in line with the Victorian Child Safe Standards and meet VicHealth’s obligations under the National Redress Scheme.

We are committed to preventing child abuse by identifying risks early, and removing and reducing these risks by designing, implementing, and reviewing systems enacted through the implementation and monitoring of the Child Safe Standards.

We encourage all children and young people to participate in decisions that affect their lives, including letting us know about their experiences with our programs and offerings, how we can improve, and how we ensure they feel, and are, safe.

VicHealth is committed to listening to the voices of children and young people, particularly with respect to their emotional, psychological, physical and cultural wellbeing. All VicHealth staff have a legal and moral responsibility to respond to all allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and consistently with our robust policies and procedures.

We are committed to ensuring staff, Board, Committee and Panel members, volunteers and contractors, understand that child safety is everyone’s responsibility. VicHealth will equip all staff to identify and respond appropriately when they suspect or are made aware of child abuse or mistreatment. VicHealth staff will inform authorities when there are concerns about a child or young person's safety and wellbeing.

Through our funded services to children VicHealth willpartner with suppliers and funded organisations who have child safe work practices in line with the Victorian Child Safe practices. Suppliers and funded organisations will advise of child safe work practices and insurance obligations as requested by VicHealth through our procurement, grant-making and contract management policies and practices.

VicHealth is committed to supporting diversity, inclusion and equality. In acknowledgment of all children and young people who face greater barriers to health and wellbeing.