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Working towards a culture of child safety: new resources

Working towards a culture of child safety

Talking about child safety

As we all work towards embedding a culture of child safety, it is important that schools have open and ongoing dialogue with their staff, council/board, and leadership teams.

To facilitate this dialogue and help schools bring child safety into everyone’s everyday thinking and practice, the VRQA has developed a school discussion tool (docx - 811.47kb)

The discussion tool helps schools reflect on their own child safe culture by exploring themes emerging from case studies before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Child safety is not an issue reserved for heads of schools alone — it is the whole school community’s responsibility to make children’s safety a priority and commit to zero tolerance for child abuse.

Forming a foundation for the Reportable Conduct Scheme

The VRQA, together with the Commissioner for Children and Young People, has released a new video resource: Taking Children’s Safety Seriously.

Victorian schools worked hard to implement the child safe standards in 2016 and are now building a culture where child safety is part of everyday thinking and practice.

Having child safe standards in place has been a crucial foundation from which to meet the requirements of the Reportable Conduct Scheme, which commenced on 1 July 2017.

Further information, including fact sheets, is available on the CCYP website.