The Victorian Government is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people.
The Child Safe Standards
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
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.
Memorandum of Understanding: Protecting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people
The Department of Education and Training, Department of Health and Human Services, Family Safety Victoria, Catholic Education Commission Victoria and Independent Schools Victoria have a shared commitment to the safety, health and wellbeing of children in Victorian schools and early childhood services, and work together on many areas of mutual interest and responsibility. These organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to replace the Joint Protocol ‘Protecting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people’.
The MOU provides clarity for roles and responsibilities, the sharing of information and reporting cases between schools and early childhood services and Child Protection and Child and Family Information, Referral and Support Teams (Child FIRST) / The Orange Door. The MOU also provides a process for resolving disputes and escalation mechanisms for issues, such as disagreement regarding responses to a report to Child Protection, or, information sharing between the organisations. For more information, see the Memorandum of Understanding (pdf - 1.29mb).