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Update on the child safety landscape is a Course

Update on the child safety landscape

Oct 26 - Nov 10, 2021


Full course description

Date and time

Wednesday 27 October 2021, 9.30 am to 11.00 am

Delivery mode

Online - a Zoom link will be provided 24 hours prior to the event


This learning event is right for you if you are a head of school, year level coordinator, wellbeing coordinator or a classroom teacher wanting to know more about child safety issues.


This two-hour workshop will explore key issues in child safety, focussing on identifying and responding to allegations of child abuse and student sexual offending.

This learning event will adress the following questions:

- what is child abuse?

- what is student sexual offending?

- how should schools respond to allegations of child abuse and/or student sexual offending?

- what are the mandatory and other reporting obligations?

- how can schools fulfil their duty of care when it comes to child safety?

Child safety is an increasingly complex issue for Independent Schools. This workshop will provide an overview of the laws which govern child safety in schools, as well as best practice guidance for schools when faced with allegations of child abuse and/or student sexual offending.


This learning event supports creating best practice toward meeting the following VRQA standard(s):

  • Care, Safety and Welfare of Students – Child safety                                                                                 


Key takeaways               

Greater understanding of:

  • mandatory reporting obligations
  • Ministerial Order No. 870 - Child Safe Standards
  • the Reportable Conduct Scheme and the Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP)
  • duty of care obligations
  • failure to disclose offence
  • failure to protect offence


Presenter information

Sarah Dunn                     

Sarah Dunn is School Services Advisor at Independent Schools Victoria. Sarah is an experienced lawyer in the education sector. She provides strategic and practical advice to Member Schools in relation to a range of legal, regulatory, risk and compliance issues.





Presenter information

Peter Roberts                 

Peter Roberts is currently Independent Schools Victoria’s Head of School Services, and the Company Secretary of the Victorian Independent Schools Block Grant Authority.  In his roles, Peter provides advice and support to Independent schools, particularly in the areas of compliance and accountability, capital projects and school operations. He has played a leading role in implementing various Australian and Victorian Government education programs focused on school performance and infrastructure improvement. Prior to joining ISV, he spent twenty years working in schools, most recently as an Assistant Principal at a large metropolitan school.

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