​​​Planning for a safe and supportive school

The Australian Student Wellbeing Framework (PDF, 2.7MB) affirms children’s rights to education, safety and wellbeing under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The framework supports Australian schools to provide every student with the strongest foundation possible for them to reach their aspirations in learning and in life.

Similarly, teachers, parents and other local community members have the right to feel safe, supported and respected in the school context.

A supportive and connected school culture is recognised by the connectedness of the community (students, teachers and parents) to the school. Processes are inclusive, relationships are respectful of persons and their rights, and relevant actions are planned for both formal and informal learning.

A strong school policy related to student well-being and safety is the foundation for effective practices to counter bullying. A collaborative approach to developing the school's policy helps to ensure it is a 'living' document relevant to all members of the school community.

Bullying prevention is everyone's responsibility: a guide to engaging students and families (PDF, 1.1KB) ; Word version (DOCX 1.4 KB) provides practical suggestions for school about engaging students and families with the school's bullying prevention plan.

Comprehensive school audits provide the starting point for selecting an appropriate prevention approach based on understanding your school's strengths, needs, gaps and aims.

School staff require training and support within the school to respond and prevent bullying are an essential part of a school's approach to countering bullying.