The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) has established minimum standards in relation to student welfare policies.
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Do you need to comply?
Yes, under the Education and Training Reform Act 2006 (Vic.) and the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2007 (Vic.).
Conditions of compliance
The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA) have established minimum standards in relation to the care, safety and welfare of students. Schools must have policies and procedures in place to provide students with a safe and secure environment.
A school’s student welfare policy may follow the Department of Education and Training’s (Vic DET) Framework for Student Support Services and Student Wellbeing and Engagement Guidelines to ensure that their duty of care responsibilities and student welfare is incorporated into all aspects of school life.
If you have to comply, what do you have to do?
Student Welfare Policies should include strategies that address:
- bullying and harassment, including cyberbullying
- managing complaints or grievances
- anaphylaxis management plans
- mandatory reporting procedures
- emergency management plan
- critical incident plan
- accidents and incident register
- first aid policy and procedures
- internet use policy and procedures
- onsite supervision of students
- supervision of students when engaged in off-site activities
- ensuring the safety and welfare of students learning with an external provider (when the school contracts with another school or a registered training organisation
- Student care, including:
- arrangements for ill students
- policy and procedures for distributing medicine
- anaphylaxis management policy
- current register of staff trained in first aid
- records of students’ medical conditions and management
- emergency bushfire management
- attendance monitoring and attendance register.
Where possible, student welfare policies should make reference to other school policies that cover the above aspects, and also include other areas such as equal opportunity, anti-discrimination, anti-bullying and harassment, alcohol and drug policies.
Schools are also expected to inform staff of their legal responsibilities for the care, safety and welfare of students.
What are the consequences if you don’t comply?
If the VRQA determines that a registered school does not comply with one or more of the minimum standards, it may:
- impose conditions on the school’s registration
- prohibit the school from enrolling any new students
- require the school to report its non-compliance to parents
- suspend, cancel or impose conditions on the school’s registration.
Who will help you?
Independent Schools Victoria contact:
Manager, Student Services
Ph. 9825 7204
Documents for Downloads
South Australian Department of Education and Children’s Services: Positive Practices for Staff in their Interactions with Children and Young People
Links and Resources
ISV: Duty of Care
ISV: Student Attendance
ISV: Student Discipline