A safe and inclusive school environment
In 2010, the Victorian Government established Safe Schools to ensure schools are safe places for all students, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) students, and are free of discrimination.
It was born out of the need identified by school communities, parents and teachers for greater support for LGBTI students, who are at higher risks of bullying and suicide, and to ensure that schools create safe and inclusive environments.
A key part of the program is to provide professional development and training for secondary school teachers so that they are equipped to support LGBTI students.
The Safe Schools program is managed and delivered directly by the Department of Education and Training.
What is Safe Schools?
The Safe Schools program helps schools foster a safe environment that is supportive and inclusive of LGBTI students.
It recognises that creating a safe and inclusive environment is key to tackling bullying and harassment, and preventing suicide and self-harm.
All students should be safe from bullying and feel included at school. Students who don't feel safe or included at school cannot learn effectively and reach their full potential. Safe Schools is not a subject taught in the classroom and it is not a part of the curriculum.
It is a program for principals, teachers and school communities.
Schools have the discretion to use as many or as few of the resources, training materials, and other support that the program offers to help them deliver their commitment.
The Victorian Government has committed to expanding the program to all government secondary schools by the end of 2018. Non-government schools and primary schools can also access support from Safe Schools.
Contact Safe Schools
Phone 9637 3699 or 9637 3690
School staff, parents and students can contact Safe Schools for:
- assistance in creating a safe and inclusive school environment
- advice on how to support LGBTI students
- advice on how to support you or your child, including where to go for other support services .