Child Protection


AISNSW assists schools with a range of child protection matters including investigations, reporting and relevant government regulations. The AISNSW Child Protection Team provides a daily Intake Service to ensure timely and high-level advice to member schools for all child protection related matters.

Implementation of the Child Safe Standards

In NSW, schools and other child-related organisations are required to better prevent and respond to child abuse by implementing the Child Safe Standards through the Child Safe Scheme. This webinar provides important information to assist schools to understand their legal obligations when implementing The Child Safe Standards. The Children’s Guardian, Janet Schorer PSM, provides Information to Independent school heads on her expectations of schools and the approach that her office will take in relation to monitoring and enforcing the implementation of the Standards in the independent school sector.

Children's Guardian Briefing: Implementation of the Child Safe Standards 21 March 2022


MOU between Department of Family and Community Services and the AISNSW

This Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) relates to the reporting requirements of Section 27 of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998  (the Act) and the endorsement of the continuation of centralised reporting for Risk of Significant Harm (ROSH) reports.

The endorsement of centralised reporting across the sector will bring about a consistent approach to reporting within schools across the non-government school sector and NSW and bring about greater collaboration between DCJ and independent schools, whilst still meeting the requirement of mandatory reporting under Section 27 of the Act.

Student Safety and Consent Portal

The AISNSW Student Safety and Consent Unit supports NSW independent schools to further their existing approaches to safety, consent and respect and the prevention of and response to sexual assault and sexual violence. Principal login required to access.
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Child Protection Awareness Videos for Parents and Community

AISNSW is pleased to release two new resources for member schools. We have created two videos, one for junior schools and one for secondary schools, to build parent and community awareness of child safety in schools. Principal login required to access.
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Documents and Resources

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In-School Consultancies

Creating Safer Independent Schools - Session 2


About this program

This in-school consultancy is designed to further develop and tailor a school’s child-safe strategies to ensure they are doing all that is possible to protect students in their care. It delves more deeply into the wheel of safety, with participants engaging in practical application of the wheel to the school’s context. This session assists schools to review and assess against the Child Safe Standards.

Who is this program for?

All staff can benefit from participating, in particular, principals, deputy principals, senior executives, business managers, human resource managers, or those in schools with responsibilities in leadership, policy development, pastoral care and/or wellbeing. It is recommended that participants complete the AISNSW Reportable Conduct online module prior to attending this session. In addition, it is recommended participants have completed Creating Safer Independent Schools – Session1.

What does the program include?

The program draws on current research and provides a range of practical strategies and tools to assist schools to examine the Child Safe Standards and how schools can implement these in their Schools to demonstrate best practices. It covers topics such as:

  • Child Safe Standards
  • the NSW child protection legislative context
  •  creating a culture of safety
  • Professional Boundaries
  • school review/self-assessment

Please note: this training contains sexual abuse material including video footage of news stories and partial interviews with sexual offenders.

For more information regarding this session and registration please contact Maria Costa, Manager: Child Protection.