The child safe standards require schools to consider all aspects of child safety and put measures in place to protect children from all forms of abuse, including:
- sexual or grooming offences
- physical violence
- serious emotional or psychological harm
- Serious neglect.
Below are the seven child safe standards. The Minister for Education has set out in Ministerial Order No. 870 what specific actions schools need to take to meet the child safe standards.
|Standard Number||What is required in each school?|
|1.||Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety.|
|2.||A child safety policy or statement of commitment to child safety.|
|3.||A child safety code of conduct.|
|4.||School staff selection, supervision and management practices for a child-safe environment.|
|5.||Procedures for responding to and reporting allegations of suspected child abuse.|
|6.||Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse.|
|7.||Strategies to promote child empowerment and participation.|
|All standards||School governing authorities must take account the diversity of all children, including (but not limited to) the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, children with disabilities and children who are vulnerable (schools only).|
For more information about Victoria’s child safe standards and schools, visit www.vrqa.vic.gov.au/childsafe.