Schools Guidance



This Guide has been developed by the Department of Education and Training, the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria and Independent Schools Victoria to support all school staff (principals, teachers, education support staff, allied health professionals, contractors, administrative staff and all other school staff) in all Victorian schools to take action if they suspect, or are witness to, any form of child abuse.

As professionals who work with children, you play a vital role in protecting children from abuse by responding and reporting any incidents, disclosures or suspicions. You are often best placed to identify signs and behaviours that may indicate that a child* has been subject to abuse, or that a school community member or a school staff member may be a perpetrator of abuse.

This policy applies to all employees, contractors, and service providers and includes specific advice on:

This Guide has been developed to provide guidance for schools to fulfill their obligations under Clause 11 of Ministerial Order 870 - Managing the Risk of Child Abuse in Schools, which comes into operation on 1 August 2016. 

A copy of the full guide can be downloaded here: Identifying and Responding to All Forms of Abuse in Victorian Schools (pdf - 5.78mb).

  • Understanding your obligations

    As a school staff member, you have a legal and moral obligation to report suspected child abuse to authorities. 

  • Identifying signs of abuse

    Being able to recognise the signs of abuse is a vital part of protecting children in your care.  Read about the physical and behavioural indicators for different forms of child abuse. 

* This resource uses the term child to refer to any person under the age of 18.