Child safe focussed governance

The Child Safe Standards require schools to have strategies to embed a culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements.

If you've had a change in your leadership team, you'll need to familiarise new leaders with the Child Safe Standards.

Ministerial Order No. 870 places accountability for managing the risk of child abuse with a school's governing authority. Under the Order, school governing authorities must make sure that its members receive appropriate guidance and training about the Child Safe Standards.

The guidance and training must cover:

  • individual and collective obligations and responsibilities for managing the risk of child abuse
  • child abuse risks in the school environment
  • the school's strategy and approach to implementation of the child safe standards.

To help keep your leadership team up-to-date with child safety, you may wish to consider our Child Safe Standards Discussion Tool. It is a flexible resource that facilitates discussion based on case studies from the Royal Commission.

To access the discussion tool and other Child Safe Standards resources, see:

For more information about Ministerial Order No. 870, see: