The purpose of this document is to guide South Australian government schools in implementing current research and Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) policy regarding bullying, harassment, violence and child protection so they can continue to contribute to an environment where children and students feel safe and supported. The DECD initiatives and policies detailed in this booklet are more closely aligned to the National Safe Schools Framework (NSSF) (MCEECDYA 2011).
All DECD schools are encouraged to audit their practices against the National Safe Schools Framework school audit tool, which identifies nine key elements to assist schools in planning, implementing and maintaining a safe, supportive and protective learning community that promotes student safety and wellbeing. These are:
Leadership commitment to a safe school
A supportive and connected school culture
Policies and procedures
Positive behaviour management
Engagement, skill development and safe school curriculum
A focus on student wellbeing and student ownership
Early intervention and targeted support
Partnerships with families and community.