Child Safety Statement
Click here to read the Borough of Queenscliffe Child Safety Statement, adopted by Council at its Ordinary Meeting held on Thursday 24 May 2018.
Victoria has introduced compulsory minimum standards for organisations that provide services for children, to help protect children from abuse. The Child Safe Standards form part of the Victorian Government’s response to the Betrayal of Trust Inquiry (the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Non-Government Organisations). Council's Child Safety Statement contributes to the social fabric of the caring Borough of Queenscliffe community and ensures that Council's obligations are fully met in accordance with the Child Safe Standards.
Do not leave children in cars
Leaving children unattended in a car, even for a short period of time, can be fatal.
Between September 2012 and August 2013, Ambulance Victoria paramedics rescued 1,100 children who had been left unattended in a car. Figures from Ambulance Victoria reveal that:
- More than 78% of children rescued were under four years of age.
- 21% of incidents occured at a home.
- More than two thirds occured in car parks, streets or public places, and
- November - March was the period with the most incidents, with an average of five per day.
(Ambulance Victoria, November 2013)
Children are particularly at risk because they can lose fluid quickly, become dehydrated and suffer from heatstroke which can be life threatening.
Safe gates save lives
Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for Australian children under 5 years of age, with the majority of incidents occurring in backyard pools.
Evidence suggests that a large number of drowning deaths in pools are a result of fencing that is faulty or non compliant with Australian Standards.
Check the safety of your pool fences and surrounding areas before your child does. To find out more and complete the online Home Pool Safety Self Assessment visit
White Balloon Day
Council is pleased to support Bravehearts White Balloon Day and National Child Protection Week to increase awareness of the importance of child protection.
To preserve our beautiful coastal environment, Council asks that people avoid using balloons at all public events. Visit www.whiteballoonday.com.au to find out about balloon-smart child safe activities for White Balloon Day.
Bravehearts’ toll-free Support Line, 1800 272 831, is available from Monday to Friday between 8:30am to 4:30pm (AEST) and you can refer to www.bravehearts.org.au for information and support any time.
Every child has the right to feel safe, and Council is committed to making our region a safer community for all children.