All Victorian schools must comply with the new Ministerial Order No. 870-Child Safe Standards - Managing the risk of child abuse in schools in order to be registered, and remain registered with the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA).
The Order comes into effect on 1 August 2016 and specifies how every Victorian school must:
- embed a culture of 'no tolerance' for child abuse
- comply with the prescribed seven minimum child safe standards
In meeting the requirements of Ministerial Order 870, schools must be inclusive of the needs of all children, particularly students who are vulnerable due to age, family circumstances, abilities, or indigenous, cultural or linguistic background.
This resource will support schools to meet their obligations under the Ministerial Order (Standard 5- Section 11), by assisting them to develop clear procedures for responding to allegations of suspected abuse.
School governing authorities (which include government School Councils, Principals and nominated school leaders) will have responsibility for ensuring that schools meet all of the obligations set out within the Ministerial Order.
For more information, see: Ministerial Order 870
For support on how to meet these obligations, see: Child Safe Standards