We are responding to recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to ensure we are an exemplary child safe organisation.
- We have accepted all state education-related recommendations and are working to address them all.
- We are fully committed to making our schools safe and we take the safety of children and young people extremely seriously.
- The content on this webpage may be distressing for some people. Information on where to seek support is at the bottom of the page.
- If you have information in relation to child sexual abuse, we strongly encourage you to contact Tasmania Police on 131 444.
- Supporting children and young people is our number one priority. If your child or your family needs support in relation to this matter, please contact your school.
The Office of Safeguarding Children and Young People is leading the Department’s work to safeguard the rights of all children and young people to have an education, to be heard, and to be kept safe from harm.
This includes guiding the implementation of recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (RCIRCSA).
RCIRCSA released its final report in December 2017 and the Tasmanian response was tabled in Parliament in June 2018.
We have accepted all 23 education-related recommendations and are working to address them all.
We are deeply sorry for the past abuse in our schools, and apologise to the victims and survivors. We commit to making our schools safe and take the safety of children and young people seriously.
The recommendations provide us with a nationally consistent approach to improving our practices.
For more information, read the Progress Report on the RCIRCSA Recommendations Implementation.
Independent Inquiry into the Tasmanian Department for Education, Children and Young People’s Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
The Office is also working to respond to recommendations from the Independent Inquiry into the Tasmanian Department for Education, Children and Young People’s Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Tasmanian Government Commission of Inquiry
The Governor of Tasmania established the Commission of Inquiry into the Tasmanian Government’s Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings in March 2021. More detail is on the Commission of Inquiry website.
Where to seek support
If this information causes you distress or raises questions or concerns, options for advice and support include:
Sexual Assault Support Service Inc (SASS) – Call 03 6231 1811 / 03 6231 0044 or visit the SASS website
Southern-based community service organisation providing support and information to survivors of sexual abuse.
Employee Assistance Program
Department for Education, Children and Young People staff can access the Employee Assistance Program, Newport & Wildman, by phone on 1800 650 204 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org