Under legislation, all community language schools must comply with the Child Safe Standards.
The purpose of the Child Safe Standards is to prevent abuse of children by making organisations safer for children. So that children at community language schools can feel safe and be safe, responsibility for child safety should be understood and accepted by everyone in the organisation.
Every community language school and campus must have:
• strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements;
• a child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety;
• a code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children;
• screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel;
• processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse;
• strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse; and
• strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.
More information and resources on the Child Safe Standards is available through:
• Commission for Children and Young People
• Community Languages Victoria (formerly Ethnic Schools Association of Victoria)
• Department of Education and Training
For assistance in meeting your obligations for compliance with the Child Safe Standards please contact the Community Languages Victoria Child Safe and Compliance Officer at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional information: No document is required for submission. Instead, the information is to be provided in the application form. You will be asked to confirm that your school has understood and met the requirements of the Child Safe Standards, and you will be asked to name the Child Safe Officer present at each campus. (A different Child Safe Officer must be nominated at each campus.)