Child safety

Deakin has around 500 students enrolled who are under 18 years of age and we conduct research with children and young people on an ongoing basis. We also regularly host visiting children and young people through our community engagement activities.

Deakin University is a Child Safe organisation

Deakin is committed to child safety, to protecting children from harm and to being a child safe organisation.

Child safe strategies are embedded in our University policies and processes, and staff whose roles bring them in contact with children are required to have a Working-With-Children-Check. Training is being provided by Diversity and Inclusion for staff who provide student services and who have direct contact with students.

Deakin has implemented the Victorian Child Safe Standards and has clear expectations around responding to and reporting child abuse.

Professor Iain Martin

Statement of commitment

The University acknowledges that children are part of the University community as students, visitors and through the University’s community engagement and school outreach activities. Children may also be involved in research projects subject to appropriate consent.

The University is committed to child safety and promoting children’s best interests, including the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and the safety of children with a disability.

The University will not tolerate child abuse, will continue to integrate strategies to reduce child abuse risks into its practices and will effectively respond to any child abuse allegations.

Policies and procedures

Policies and procedures relating to Child Safety are available in the Deakin Policy Library, including:


It is the shared responsibility of the University community to protect children and prevent child abuse. Our intention is for all members of the Deakin University community, including children and their parents or guardians, to feel confident to discuss any safety concerns or allegations of child abuse.

To support this:

  • All staff will be required to complete relevant compliance training modules.
  • All staff whose roles potentially involve interaction with children and young people up to the age of 18 are required to have a Working with Children Check.
  • Deakin’s Child Safety and Child Abuse Response and Reporting procedure has been established for the Deakin community.
  • A system is in place to report and respond to child safety concerns as displayed in the Child safety reporting process flowchart (PDF, 164.5 KB).

Key contacts and support

If you have any concerns about child safety at Deakin, please contact the following.

  • For life-threatening risks (24 hours): the Police on 000 and, if on campus, Deakin Security on 1800 062 579
  • For other immediate concerns (after hours): the Child Protection crisis line on 13 12 78 (24 hours, toll-free in Victoria)
  • For all concerns (business hours): Child Protection and a Deakin Child Safe Adviser (staff web access only), or contact the Safer Community Team.