This policy provides an overview of DOSCEL’s approach to implementing Victoria’s Child Safe Standards under Ministerial Order 1359: Managing the Risk of Child Abuse in Schools and School Boarding Premises. It informs and guides DOSCEL’s processes and practices for upholding the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in DOSCEL schools and across all areas of the DOSCEL Secretariat’s responsibilities.
Ministerial Order No. 1359 provides the framework for child safety in schools. In addition to DOSCEL's Child Safety and Wellbeing Policy, all DOSCEL Schools are required to have a separate Child Safety and Wellbeing Policy.
Each DOSCEL School Child Safety and Wellbeing Policy includes:
the school’s commitment to child safety
actions the school will take to ensure a child safe culture is championed and modelled across the school
governance arrangements the school uses to implement the policy
processes the school will use to review its child safe practices.