Policy consultation hub

Drafts of new policies under development, existing policies under review and other related documents can be made available here to support consultation with the University community. Contact policy-help@unimelb.edu.au to arrange publication on this page.

Child Safety Policy Major Review

The University is proposing significant changes to the current Child Safety Policy (MPF1337) and invites review and feedback from the University community. The proposed changes can be found here.

The proposed Child Safety Policy (MPF1337) sets out the:

  • University’s commitment to child safety, which includes the physical, cultural, emotional and psychological safety of children
  • appropriate standards of behaviour towards children
  • framework for how the University prevents and manages child abuse risks
  • process for responding to child abuse reports and complaints
  • roles and responsibilities of the University community
  • University’s commitment to empowering children and providing an inclusive environment

The proposed policy has a greater emphasis on the safety and inclusion of same sex attracted, intersex/gender diverse, as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Changes to the policy include extensive elaboration on sections relating to:

  • Scope
  • research
  • privacy, technology and social media
  • roles and responsibilities

There are also new sections addressing:

  • suitable staff and volunteers
  • training and supervision
  • child employment

This policy was drafted under the stewardship of a working group representing:

  • Office of the Provost
  • Legal and Risk
  • Student and Scholarly Services
  • Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Science
  • Melbourne Graduate School of Education

The draft policy will be open for comment until COB Friday, 8 July 2022. Please send feedback directly to tamara.pappin@unimelb.edu.au.

Major Policy Review Project