Safeguarding Children

The JCCV has had a longstanding history of commitment to child protection within the Jewish and broader community and is committed to Safeguarding Children in our community. We have:

Established a Child Protection Reference Group in 2013 to offer practical support for communal organisations, protect children, and help community organisations ensure risk management policies procedures are in place.

Represented the community with submissions to State Government inquiries, including the Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and other Organisations. Further initiatives included two series of JCCV Safeguarding sessions delivered by Katherine Levi, assisting Jewish organisations to develop child protection policies, with representation from across the community.

Represented the Jewish community at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and conducted additional work, delivering training in conjunction with the Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) to assist Jewish organisations complying with the Child Safe Standards and Reportable Conduct Scheme.

In the aftermath of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the JCCV recognised a gap in supporting the Jewish organisations to adopt strategies to instil long term cultural change in their commitment to safeguarding children, and in 2019 began to auspice a newly established Child Protection Communities of Practice (COP) in the Jewish community, comprising of representatives from government, Jewish organisations and other Jewish representatives.

Dr. Michelle Meyer joined the JCCV Executive in 2020 with a commitment to establishing a child protection portfolio, and establishing a whole of community response to safeguarding children. The JCCV executive has welcomed this new portfolio with a strong commitment to the exploration and development of a Safeguarding Unit.

Moving forward, the JCCV recognises that it is well placed to lead and unite the Jewish community with a tailored safeguarding service to address the unique needs of the Jewish community.

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