Critical Incidents

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

Schools aim to create safe and supportive learning environments that deliver the best education results possible for your child.

The Department works closely together with other government agencies, including Victoria Police, the Department of Human Services and the Child Safety Commissioner, to make sure there is an integrated and effective approach to your child’s safety and wellbeing.

For information on the protecting children protocol, see PROTECT Child Safe Standards

How to report child sexual assault

Student safety is of the highest priority in Victorian government schools. All schools have guidelines for principals on what to do when a student tells a teacher or principal that they have been sexually assaulted or harassed.

If you have concerns that your child has been subjected to sexual assault or any form of abuse whilst at school, or you are worried that they may be at risk of abuse or otherwise in danger you should contact: 

For more information, see: Allegations of Student Sexual Assault 

Making a negligence claim

The Department does not carry accident insurance for accidental injuries or accidental property damage.  However, in some circumstances medical or other expenses will be paid by the Department where it is assessed that it is likely, in all the circumstances, that the Department is liable for negligent acts or omissions of its staff/volunteers.

For more information about the negligence claims process, see: Negligence Claims Process

Child protection

Protecting children from significant harm caused by abuse or neglect is a responsibility you share with schools and the wider community, including government organisations, police and community agencies.

The Department has put a mandatory reporting protocol together with the Department of Human Services Child Protection, licensed children’s services and Victorian schools. This protocol makes sure there is a shared and consistent approach to protect all children by defining the roles and responsibilities for all school staff.

Key information in the code of behaviour includes:

  • updated mandatory reporting policies and procedures to align with the Children Youth and Families Act (2005)
  • legal responsibilities and the Department’s requirements in responding to allegations in relation to children and young people at risk of abuse and neglect
  • procedures in relation to Child FIRST, a family services community-based intake and referral service
  • obligations about providing information to Child Protection and family service agencies
  • a comprehensive list of relevant state contacts including access to advice and support.

For more information, see: