Child Safety in Victorian Schools: a national approach

Transition to the national principles for child safe organisations in 2020In December 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) completed its review of Victoria's Child Safe Standards.

There were 15 recommendations, two of which include:

  • amending the Victorian Child Safe Standards to align with the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations
  • allowing at least 12 months for transition from Victoria's Child Safe Standards to new updated Standards that reflect the National Principles.

While in substance Victoria's standards are closely aligned with the National Principles, there will be some changes. There will also be a transition period so that schools have time to make the necessary adjustments.

What do I need to do now?

We know that schools are safe places for children. Your school should keep doing what it's been doing since the standards were introduced — building a child safe culture and complying with the requirements of Ministerial Order 870 – Child Safe Standards.

We will keep you updated about the transition to the new requirements and when this will occur. We will also support schools with resources, advice and guidance throughout the transition, so stay tuned.

For more information on the DHHS Child Safe Standards review, or for a copy of the final report, see: 

For more information on the National Principles, see: