Child Safety Standards
The updated Victorian Child Safe Standards (the Standards) came into effect on 1 June 2022 and apply to all organisations involved in child-related work in Victoria, such as schools, churches, kindergartens, children’s services, out-of-home care services, youth services and local councils.
On 1 June 2022, the Victorian Minister for Education provided Ministerial Order No. 1359, which articulates how schools will be required to comply with the 11 Child Safety Standards.
Child information Sharing and Family Violence Reforms
The Child Information Sharing Scheme (CISS), Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (FVISS) and Family Violence Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management (MARAM) Framework commenced for education workforces at the beginning of Term 2, 2021. Schools and early childhood education services are required to respond to information sharing requests, make requests and proactively share information with Authorised Information Sharing Entities (ISEs).