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Teacher registration changed to consider child safety

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An independent review into the Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) has seen children’s safety placed front and centre when assessing prospective teachers’ suitability for the profession.

The 34 recommendations from the review will begin to put changes into place to enhance the way the VIT functions, including making legislative changes.

The VIT’s governing legislation will state explicitly that the safety and wellbeing of children and young people must be considered when performing its regulatory functions

The VIT disciplinary system that deals with allegations of teacher misconduct or incompetence will be reformed to include compulsory training for all disciplinary board members to ensure their roles and responsibilities.

Registration processes including migrating to online registration and renewal processes will be renewed and the institute’s activities will expand to include proactively educating teachers and the community about teacher quality

There will be better information sharing and greater alignment between teacher registrations and the Working with Children Check.

The review was commissioned following concerns that some decisions made by the VIT did not align with expectations from the community and has made recommendations that position the regulator to meet its future challenges.

Minister for Education James Merlino said; “Child safety and well-being must be front of mind at all times – that’s why we’re taking action to overhaul our teaching registration system and put students first.”


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