Children’s rights to be safe are fundamental to our work in the Diocese of Ballarat. It is crucial that each child is protected against physical and sexual abuse and against neglect.
When teachers form a belief that a child may be at risk of harm due to sexual abuse or physical injury that results from abuse or neglect, they have a legal responsibility to notify the Department of Human Services.
In 2010, education and human services stakeholders established a joint protocol, Protecting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, to provide a unified and consistent approach that defines roles and responsibilities to protect the safety and wellbeing of all Victorian children and young people. The protocol provides information for licensed children’s services and Victorian schools to take appropriate action when it is believed that a child has suffered harm, or is likely to suffer harm, through abuse or neglect.