​Planning for a safe and supportive school

The National Safe Schools Framework (PDF, 2.7MB) says:

"In a safe and supportive school, the risk from all types of harm is minimised, diversity is valued and all members of the school community feel respected and included and can be confident that they will receive support in the face of any threats to their safety or wellbeing."

Students have a fundamental right to learn in a safe, supportive environment and to be treated with respect.

The National Safe Schools Framework provides a vision and a set of guiding principles for safe, supportive and respectful school communities that promote student wellbeing.

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.

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.

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