The Directorate is committed to making its information accessible. The Policy Webpage provides access to ACT Education policies, procedures and guidelines.
Safe and Supportive Schools
The Safe and Supportive Schools policy clearly articulates the importance of Canberra public schools providing safe, respectful and supportive school environments. The policy, procedures and support documents focus on safety by ensuring that schools have processes in place to address bullying, harassment, violence and respond to complex and challenging behaviour.
Safe and Supportive Schools Policy Procedure A provides information to schools in relation to preventing and addressing bullying, harassment and violence. Procedure B focuses on safely responding to complex and challenging behaviour, with information relating to behaviour support plans and the use of protective action as an emergency response to prevent harm.
The SSS policy has been developed in response to the updated National Safe Schools Framework (2013).
Schools must report instances of bullying, harassment and violence that pose an immediate threat to the safety of students and staff as critical incidents. This report must be made to the Director of School Improvement immediately by telephone and in writing within 24 hours.
The policy, procedures and fact sheets are available at this link Safe and Supportive Schools Policy.
For further information see ACT Education Safe and Supportive Schools.
Engaging Schools Framework
The aim of the Engaging Schools Framework is to provide a platform for conversations upon which schools can discuss their approach to engaging all of their students.
The Framework and ensuing conversations are intended to:
- provide a common language and shared frame of reference for all stakeholders who play a part in supporting schools to engage all students in the ACT (including teachers, schools, community organisations and government);
- identify, promote and share examples of good practice and effective strategies drawn from international research and the practical experiences of public schools in the ACT ;
- support the development of an approach to guide schools and their communities to implement good practices.
Other Related Policies
- Students with a Disability Meeting their Educational Needs Policy
- English as an Additional Language or Dialect Students Policy
- Gifted and Talented Students Policy
More information on safe schools and student wellbeing can be found at the following sites:
- Safe Schools Hub
- Cyber-safety in schools
- Information on what to do if your child is being bullied
- The National Safe Schools Framework