To create a safe environment for our students under 18 and children of staff, students and visitors, Swinburne has implemented the Victorian Safe Child Standards.
Swinburne has zero tolerance for child abuse and all forms of harm to children. Concerns or allegations are treated very seriously and acted upon.
As an education institution, we embrace the role it plays in the lives of our young people. We support and respect the participation and empowerment of all children. We want children to feel safe and valued and we seek to protect any child associated with a university-related activity.
If you have a concern about child safety at Swinburne, report it to Safer Community Swinburne by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We commit to implementing the Victorian Child Safe Standards. To achieve this, we have:
- developed strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety and promote the empowerment of children
- embedded child safety in our policy framework and recruitment practices
- implemented strategies to remove or reduce risks to children and processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse.
Swinburne upholds an inclusive culture, and accordingly is committed to:
- cultural safety of Aboriginal children
- cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds
- providing a safe environment for children living with a disability.
It is the shared responsibility of the university community to protect children and prevent child abuse. Our organisational culture aims for all members of the Swinburne community, including children and their parents or guardians, to feel confident and comfortable in discussing any allegations of child abuse or child safety concerns.
To support this:
- All staff are required to complete a range of compliance training modules (staff login required) and in 2017 Swinburne will launch a module specific to Safer Communities, including child safety
- Identified staff, volunteers, contractors and students on placements are required to undertake a Working with Children Check (staff login required)
- Swinburne's Child Safety Statement of Compliance and Practice [PDF 75KB] has been established as a procedural guideline for the Swinburne community. This resource includes a code of conduct, guidance on recognising child abuse and reporting requirements.
- A system is in place to report and respond to child safety concerns through Swinburne Safer Community as displayed in the Child safety reporting process flowchart [PDF 70KB].
- Swinburne complies with the national legislative framework requiring welfare arrangements for international students aged under 18.
- Commission for Children and Young People website
- Commission for Children and Young People guides and information sheets
- Child protection manual (Victorian Department of Health and Human Services)
- Victorian Department of Human Services Child Safe Standards website