The Child Safe Standards are changing. Schools will be required to be compliant with the new Child Safe Standards by 1 July 2022. Guidance and resources (including updated templates) are being developed to support transition to the new Standards and will be made available to schools in Term 1, 2022. In the meantime, if you want to learn more about the new Child Safe Standards, visit .
This policy supports schools to create and maintain a child safe organisation and protect students from all forms of abuse.
- All Victorian schools must comply with , which outlines how the Child Safe Standards apply in schools.
- Schools can visit the for templates, guidance and checklists to support compliance with the Child Safe Standards.
The Child Safe Standards (the Standards)
Most schools already have policies and procedures that aim to keep children safe.
The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) is responsible for ensuring school compliance with the Standards. Schools are required to comply with the standards for registration.
There are 7 standards plus a principle of inclusion:
Standard 1: Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety
Standard 2: A child safety policy or a statement of commitment to child safety
Standard 3: A child safety code of conduct
Standard 4: Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse
Standard 5: Procedures for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
Standard 6: Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
Standard 7: Strategies to promote child participation and empowerment
Principle of inclusion: Schools must take account of and make reasonable efforts to accommodate the diversity of all children in implementing the Child Safe Standards, including (but not limited to) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, children with disabilities, and children who are vulnerable
What help is available?
Schools can visit the for templates, guidance and checklists to support compliance with each standard. Schools can also visit the (staff login required) for templates to support compliance with the Standards.
Reviewed 12 October 2021