A safe place for children – embracing child safety standards at AMEB Victoria
A child is defined as anyone under the age of 18 years.
We care about the safety of children with whom we are in contact and will use our best endeavours to provide a safe, positive and inclusive experience.
All employees who might interact with children, including examiners, examination supervisors, administration/customer service personnel and managers are required to hold current Working with Children Checks or current registration with the Victorian Institute of Teachers.
Young people visiting AMEB Victoria examination studios are requested to be accompanied by a responsible adult, who might be a parent/guardian, teacher or accompanist/page-turner. Only the candidate, a chaperone and, where required, an accompanist or page-turner are permitted entry to the AMEB studios.
AMEB examination supervisors are trained to oversee health and safety compliance at the AMEB studios, and are able to provide a first aid response.
Concerns about child safety should be reported immediately to the Examinations Supervisor on duty and forwarded to the General Manager for investigation and action, as appropriate.
Examiners and examination supervisors are required to maintain an appropriate distance from candidates and avoid bodily contact. Examination studios are equipped with viewing panels.
AMEB Victoria recognises the diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds of children and endeavours to provide an experience that is culturally safe (including the possibility of having an interpreter, if required).
Special provisions can be requested for candidates with a disability.
AMEB Victoria collects and retains information only as required for administering examinations, conducting examinations, recording results and issuing documents of recognition. Only the candidate’s name, date of birth, gender, examination details and examination results are retained in our records.
Information about an examination schedule is divulged only to the enrolling person or, in exceptional circumstances, to the candidate’s parent or guardian provided that certain examination details can be provided.
Our commitment to child safety
Every Victorian has a moral and legal responsibility to ensure their interactions with children are safe, respectful, appropriate and inclusive.
All Victorians have a role to play in safeguarding children by reporting suspected child abuse, which can be emotional, physical, cultural, or sexual abuse, or neglect.
AMEB Victoria embraces the Child Safe Standards developed by the Victorian government to guide interaction with children, and to help everyone understand how we can all support the safety of children in our communities.
AMEB Victoria affirms that all forms of abuse and harm of children is unacceptable. We are committed to the implementation of Victoria’s Child Safe Standards in order to ensure a safe environment for all members of the AMEB Victoria community and visitors less than 18 years of age.
AMEB Victoria fully supports the objectives of the Child Safe Standards to educate, raise awareness, and help organisations create and maintain a child safe environment. The Child Safe Standards seek to strengthen the capacity of organisations to prevent and respond to the risks of child abuse, drive cultural change in organisations, and protect children from the risks of abuse and other harm.
Reporting a child safety concern
AMEB Victoria’s Child Safety Responsible Officer is the General Manager.
Everyone associated with AMEB Victoria has a responsibility to report a child safety concern, including staff, candidates, parents and visitors.
Any child safety concern, including disclosure from a child of abuse or harm, or a reasonable belief that abuse or harm has occurred or may occur should be reported to the General Manager via email to firstname.lastname@example.org marked “Confidential: Attention General Manager”, or by telephoning (03) 9035 8888 and requesting that the General Manager contacts you.
In case of immediate danger report to the Examination Supervisor and/or call the Police on 000.