Objective: To determine whether the systems and supports that oversee Victoria’s Child Safe Standards assure school compliance.
Issues: Schools have a duty of care for over 932 000 students and are responsible for providing a safe learning environment. Victoria’s more than 2 228 government and non-government schools are required to protect their students from child abuse.
In 2016, the government introduced compulsory minimum Child Safe Standards that apply to all organisations that provide services for children. The standards aim to drive cultural change in public sector agencies so that protecting children from abuse is embedded in everyday thinking and practice.
A 2016 ministerial order imposes obligations on schools which aim to ensure schools implement and satisfy the Child Safe Standards. It also confirmed that the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) has some responsibility for monitoring and enforcing schools’ compliance with the standards.
This audit will examine oversight and support activities relating to schools’ compliance with the Child Safe Standards.
Proposed agencies: Department of Education and Training (DET), VRQA and a selection of schools.