Safeguarding Children and Young People

Being safe and well is critical to learning for children and young people. The Department of Education is one of the largest providers of services to children and young people in Tasmania. We commit to ensuring we are an exemplary child safe organisation.

The safety and wellbeing of children and young people in our care underpins all aspects of our work. Our Strategic Plan reflects this under the system goal of Wellbeing. Wellbeing means that learners ‘are safe, feel supported and are able to flourish so they can engage in learning’.

We commit to the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. We will continue to refer to these as we develop and refine our policies and practices. We will make our systems, policies, processes and procedures stronger, and build a culture where child safety is everybody’s responsibility. It is important that the community has full confidence in DoE as a child safe organisation. It is also critical that the views and voices of children and young people are at the centre of our decisions.

To lead this work, the Department has established the Office of Safeguarding Children and Young people. Ms Elizabeth Jack has been appointed to lead the Office as the Executive Director, Safeguarding Children and Young People. If you have questions, please contact the Office by emailing

The establishment of this Office recognises the importance of the safety and wellbeing of all children and young people in our care. It builds on the holistic approach we already take to protect the wellbeing of our children and students.

All children and young people have the right to an education, to be heard and to be kept safe from harm. This is our greatest commitment and our highest priority.

The Royal Commission on Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released its Final Report on 15 December 2017.  More information can be found here:  Royal Commission.   Information on the implementation of recommendations from the Royal Commission can be found here:  Progress Report on RCIRCSA Recommendations Implementation

On 27 August 2020, the Tasmanian Government announced an Independent Inquiry into DoE’s Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It represents the commitment to keep all children and young people safe in our schools, libraries and Child and Family Learning Centres.

The Inquiry Report makes 20 recommendations, and DoE accepts all 20 recommendations.

We are deeply sorry for the past abuse in our schools, and we sincerely apologise to the victims and survivors. We are fully committed to making our schools safe.

Further information on DoE’s response to the Inquiry can be found here.

Where to seek support

If the information on this page causes you any distress or raises any questions or concerns for you, additional options for advice and support are listed below:

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

Employee Assistance Program
Department of Education employees may access the Employee Assistance Program, Newport & Wildman, by phone on 1800 650 204 or by email at

1800 Respect – Call 1800 737 732 or visit
24/7 telephone and online crisis support, information and immediate referral to specialist counselling for anyone in Australia who has experienced or been impacted by sexual assault, or domestic or family violence

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

Sexual Assault Support Service Inc – 03 6231 1811/03 6231 0044
Community based service committed to providing high quality support and information services to survivors of sexual assault.

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