Understanding the Child Safe Standards

The Child Safe Standards are changing. You have 12 months to transition to the new Child Safe Standards. Guidance and resources are being developed to support transition to the new Standards. For more information, visit the Commission for Children and Young People.

Protecting children and young people from abuse is our responsibility.

The Victorian Government is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. As part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to implementing the recommendations of the Betrayal of Trust report, which found that more must be done to prevent and respond to child abuse in our community, there is a new regulatory landscape surrounding child safety, underpinned by the new Child Safe Standards.

The Child Safe Standards are compulsory minimum standards for all Victorian early childhood services and schools, to ensure they are well prepared to protect children from abuse and neglect. To find out more, see: Child Safe Standards: Creating a safe environment

These web pages have been developed from the Protect guidance which has been developed to assist schools to fulfil their obligations under Clause 11 of Ministerial Order 870. For more information, see:

The Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse

The Commonwealth Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse handed down its final report on 15 December 2017. The final report contains 409 recommendations.

As part of a coordinated effort, the Victorian Government will consider each recommendation in full. We will be looking in detail at the report's findings to ensure it is able to respond effectively to ensure the safety and protection of all children in its care.

For more information on the Royal Commission and its findings, see: Royal Commission into Institutional Response to ChildSexual Abuse


Online learning module for schools

For the Department's Mandatory Reporting and Other Obligations eLearning module for Government schools, see: 

Protecting children — Mandatory Reporting and Other Obligations e-learning module (government schools)

Protecting children — Mandatory reporting and other obligations e-learning module (non - government schools)

This training module is hosted by a third party provider. DET employees MUST create a different password to their current Edumail password.

Download Protect guidance

The web pages in this section have been developed from the Protect guidance. Downloadable versions of the guidance are available below.

For guidance on identifying and responding to all forms of see:

For guidance on sexual offending by students, see:

The content in the Protect guidance is for all school staff in all Victorian schools (including non-government schools). It has been developed by:

  • Department of Education and Training
  • Catholic Education Commission of Victoria
  • Independent Schools Victoria

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