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This National Safe Schools Framework builds on the original 2003 Framework and is based on the following overarching vision: All Australian schools are safe, supportive and respectful teaching and learning communities that promote student wellbeing.
The Framework adopts a whole school approach to safety and wellbeing. It provides a comprehensive range of evidence-informed practices to guide schools in preventing and responding to incidents of harassment, aggression, violence and situations of bullying and to implement their responsibilities in relation to child protection issues.
It identifies nine elements to assist Australian schools to continue to create teaching and learning communities where all members of the school community both feel and are safe from harassment, aggression, violence and bullying. It also responds to new and emerging challenges for school communities such as cybersafety, cyberbullying and community concerns about young people and weapons.
The Framework aligns with:
The National Smarter Schools Partnerships under the National Education Agreement
The Australian Curriculum through the development of the seven general capabilities (literacy, numeracy, information and communication (ICT) competence, critical and creative thinking, ethical behaviour, personal and social competence, and intercultural understanding).
The National Strategy for Young Australians
Diverse national, state and territory initiatives, policies and legislative frameworks currently in place to support students’ safety and wellbeing.