Child Safety Standards

The University of Melbourne affirms that all forms of abuse and harm of children is unacceptable.

It is committed to the implementation of the Victorian Child Safe Standards in order to ensure a safe environment for all members of the University community and visitors less than 18 years of age.

To support this, the University has:

  1. Nominated a Child Safe Champion: the University Provost
  2. Nominated a Child Safe Responsible Officer: the Director of Wellbeing from University Services
  3. Developed a child safety reporting process: for any child safety concern, including disclosure from a child of abuse or harm, or a reasonable belief that abuse or harm has occurred or may occur.

Reporting a child safety concern

Everyone associated with the University has a responsibility to report a child safety concern, including staff, students, parents, volunteers, and visitors.

You can report any child safety concern, including:

  • A disclosure from a child regarding abuse or harm, or a reasonable belief that abuse or harm has occurred or may occur
  • An observation, suspicion or allegation of a child safety concern
  • A breach of relevant University policies or codes of conduct, including the Child Safety Policy
  • Physical environment safety issues, including risk to health and hygiene.

Report your concern by contacting the Safer Community Program, who will advise the University’s Child Safety Officer. Arrangements will then be made for appropriate support and action.

Contact the Safer Community Program

Other University support services

The following University services can also provide confidential support.

University Security
You can contact University Security at any time by calling 03 8344 6666. In any life-threatening situation, always call Victorian emergency services first via 000.

Counselling and Psychological Services
The University of Melbourne Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides free, confidential, short-term professional counselling to currently enrolled students and staff.

Additional help and information

Victoria Police
Victoria Police provides policing services to the Victorian community. In an emergency, always call 000.

Policies

The Child Safety Policy (MPF1337) outlines the University’s commitment to child safety and appropriate standards of behaviour towards children. It also guides the development of systems and processes that support the prevention and management of child abuse risks.

Our Child Safety Reporting Process provides information on how to report a child safety concern.