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Child safe standards online self-assessment and declaration process

Schools quick to complete the self-assessment and declaration process

Thank you to all school principals who have completed the child safe standards online self-assessment and submitted their statutory declarations. The VRQA has now received most of the documentation from independent and Catholic schools with positive feedback coming from the sector.

Mary Kearney, principal at St Joseph’s Primary in Northcote said completing the process was a timely opportunity to bring child safety to the forefront of discussion, prompting her and senior staff to reflect upon and improve existing school policies and procedures.

Government schools were issued the online self-assessment and declarations on 31 August – 1 September 2016 and have until 28 September 2016 to complete the process or seek an extension. An impressive number of government schools were quick to complete the process with the VRQA having already received many government school self-assessments and statutory declarations.

The VRQA has published a number of resources to help schools still completing the process, including an instructional video Compliance requirements. The Department of Education and Training has also published a number of resources on the PROTECT portal.

Non-school senior secondary provider update

In October, the VRQA will release an online self-assessment and declaration process to all non-school senior secondary providers (NSSSP). Details about this process will soon be provided. In the meantime, a number of resources are available to help NSSSPs prepare for the upcoming process, including:

The child safe standards came into effect for non-school senior secondary providers (NSSSP) on 1 January 2016.