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Child Safe Standards

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 Commission for Children and Young People.


This policy supports schools to create and maintain a child safe organisation and protect students from all forms of abuse.



The Child Safe Standards (the Standards)

The Standards are compulsory minimum standards for all Victorian schools, to ensure they are well prepared to protect children from abuse. Ministerial Order 870 — Child Safe Standards — Managing the risk of child abuse in schools outlines how the Standards apply in schools.

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

Refer to the Child Safe Standards Action List for a quick-reference list of requirements for each standard.

What help is available?

Schools can visit the PROTECT website for templates, guidance and checklists to support compliance with each standard. Schools can also visit the School Policy Templates Portal (staff login required) for templates to support compliance with the Standards.

Relevant legislation

Department policy containing an overview of the Child Safe Standards

Reviewed 12 October 2021

Policy last updated

15 June 2020


  • Schools
  • School councils


Wellbeing Workforces and Child Safety Unit

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