Keeping our children safe is an important responsibility we all share. Our children have the right to be protected wherever they are, and that includes at school and in other education environments away from home.
That’s why Victoria has Child Safe Standards. The standards apply to registered schools and other organisations that work with children and young people up to 18 years old.
The standards build on our already strong stance on preventing and responding to child abuse, providing more accountability and more consistency about how these issues are dealt with.
Victoria’s Child Safe Standards require schools and organisations to have particular measures in place to prevent and respond to child abuse, sending a clear message that abuse will not be tolerated. The standards call for documented child safe policies, codes of conduct and clear strategies for responding to suspected abuse. Schools and other organisations have accountabilities for minimising the risk of child abuse in their organisation.
Empowering children to understand their rights and raise concerns are also part of the new standards, because we know this is a powerful protective factor against child abuse.
Victoria’s child safe standards include special protections for some children. Children with a disability, Aboriginal children and children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds are all given particular focus.
This will help ensure all our children, regardless of their background and needs, are protected in our learning environments.
The safety of our children is a top priority for Victoria. They deserve nothing less.