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Child Safety in Community Housing: A deep dive into Victoria’s new Child Safe Standards

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Date: 26.04.2022
Time: 14.00 – 15.30


via Zoom
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We invite you and your staff to join Patrice Fitzgerald and Melissa Elleray from Moores for a discussion about child safety issues in community housing. Child safety issues are important for everyone to be aware of, but are particularly relevant for staff members working with families and children.

In this 1.5 hour seminar, Patrice and Melissa will cover:

  • an overview of the child safety legal obligations and reporting obligations imposed on community housing providers;
  • recognising signs of child abuse and harm in children and how to respond;
  • the new Victorian Child Safe Standards;
  • practical tips on how to meet your obligations under the new Child Safe Standards;
  • a focus on the obligations to make your organisation a safe cultural space for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons in line with new Child Safe Standard 1; and
  • practical case studies.

Patrice Fitzgerald is a Special Counsel in the Corporate Advisory Team at Moores.

Patrice specialises in Child Safety and Safeguarding with over 15 years’ experience in the legal industry, representing a range of clients including many disadvantaged and vulnerable clients. She is passionate about keeping children and vulnerable people safe and has dedicated her career to doing so. Patrice has played a pivotal role in assisting organisations to comply with regulators, implement recommendations from public enquiries and applying best practice processes. She is experienced in case managing complex matters and has gained extensive experience as an advocate in court, often in highly contentious and sensitive cases.

Melissa Elleray is a Lawyer in the Corporate Advisory Team at Moores

Melissa advises organisations on preventing and responding to child safety concerns. From developing policies and procedures to keep children safe in line with current best practice, to advising on legal obligations across all States and Territories and responding to child safety incidents, Melissa provides a considered and tailored approach to compliance and investigations.