Child Safe Policy

Manningham Council is committed to being a child-safe organisation, supporting the health and wellbeing of children, and is compliant with Victoria’s Child Safe Standards Legislation.

Our commitment to building a culture of child safety recognises that Manningham Council will prioritise the safety of children in our care and will build child safety into everyday practice.

Manningham Council is committed to:

  • The protection, safety, participation and empowerment of all children;
  • Promoting cultural safety for Aboriginal children, and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds; and
  • Providing a safe environment for children with a disability.


How to Report Suspected Child Abuse

If a child is in immediate danger, call the Police on 000.

For immediate concerns and to report abuse, contact the Police and/or the Department of Health and Human Services (DHS) Child Protection Eastern Division Intake Team on 1300 360 391 or 9843 6000; or the afterhours DHS Child Protection Emergency Service on 13 12 78.

Child safety concerns regarding behaviour of a Manningham Council worker

In addition to reporting child safety concerns to the relevant authorities, please report your concerns to Council by contacting the Manningham Council Child Safety Contact Officer, Kerryn Paterson - Director of Experience and Capability, by:

Phone: 9840 9201


In writing:

Written and confidential child safety concerns or complaints sent through the post should be marked:

Strictly Confidential
Group Manager People and Communications
Child Safety Contact Officer

Manningham City Council
PO Box 1
Doncaster VIC 3108

Manningham Council takes all allegations and concerns about potential child abuse seriously and has practices in place to investigate and escalate to authorities, if necessary. Nothing prevents a person, who holds a reasonable belief that child abuse has been committed, to report such allegations directly to the relevant authorities.