Safeguarding Children and Young People

Find out what to do if you have concerns about the safety of a child or young person and how the Office of Safeguarding Children and Young People is working to put in place measures to safeguard and protect all children in the Department’s care.

  • Concerns about the safety of a child or young person must be reported immediately.
  • Child safety is everyone’s responsibility.
  • The Office of Safeguarding Children and Young People is driving long-term, cultural change and continuous improvement in the Department so that we can be an exemplary child safe organisation.

The Department is committed to safeguarding the rights of all children and young people to have an education, to be heard, and to be kept safe from harm.

If you have any concerns about your safety or the safety of a child or young person, you must report it immediately.

  • Contact 000 for urgent police or medical help if a child is at immediate risk of harm.
  • Call police on 131 444 if you have any information about child sexual abuse.

If your concerns relate to a school, you should report them to your teacher or the school principal. If you can’t talk to a teacher or principal, contact the Community Liaison Manager for your region.

Your report will be taken seriously. The voices of children and young people are at the centre of everything we do.

Behaviours that might cause a child to feel unsafe could come from a trusted adult, someone in authority or another child. They can include:

  • physical harm or touching
  • inappropriate comments or contact
  • sexual abuse, including grooming.

Click on the link below to find out what these behaviours might look like:
Examples of appropriate and inappropriate behaviours

The Office of Safeguarding Children and Young People is driving long-term, cultural change and continuous improvement in the Department so that we can be an exemplary child safe organisation.

The National Principles for Child Safe Organisations are our benchmark and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child underpins this work.

The work of the Office includes:

  • supporting the Government’s responsibility to protect children from violence, abuse and neglect, and
  • protecting children from sexual exploitation (being taken advantage of) and sexual abuse.

It builds on the holistic approach we already take to protect the wellbeing of children and young people.

The Office is overseeing work to strengthen our systems, policies, processes and procedures.

This work is guided by the findings and recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the Tasmanian Department of Education’s Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

It is driven by our commitment to make sure we are embedding a culture where child safety is everybody’s responsibility. It includes the development and implementation of:

  • clear protocols and guidelines for staff on how to respond to incidents, disclosures and suspicions of child sexual abuse
  • a Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy
  • a Code of Conduct for all our staff
  • new training for all school-based and non-school based staff, and
  • new technology to ensure all incidents, disclosures and suspicions of child sexual abuse are recorded and followed up with the best interests of the child or young person front and centre.

If you have any questions about this work, please email the Office of Safeguarding Children and Young People.

Where to seek support

If this information causes you distress or raises questions or concerns, options for advice and support include:

Beyond Blue – Call 1300 224 636 or visit the Beyond Blue website 
Mental health and wellbeing organisation supporting those affected by anxiety, depression and suicide.    

1800 Respect – Call 1800 737 732 or visit the 1800 Respect website
Support and information for anyone affected by sexual assault, or domestic or family violence.

Lifeline – Call 13 11 14 or visit the Lifeline website
24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention.

Sexual Assault Support Service Inc (SASS) – Call 03 6231 1811 / 03 6231 0044 or visit the SASS website
Southern-based community service organisation providing support and information to survivors of sexual abuse.

Laurel House – Call 03 6334 2740 / 03 6431 9711 or visit the Laurel House website
Northern and north-western-based sexual abuse and sexual assault support service.

Knowmore – Call 1800 605 762 or visit the Knowmore website
Free legal advice for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.

Employee Assistance Program
Department of Education staff can access the Employee Assistance Program, Newport & Wildman, by phone on 1800 650 204 or by email at admin@newportwildman.com.au