School leaders play an important role in youth safety through creating a safe and supportive school environment. It is essential that schools also provide a strong message that violence is not tolerated.
There are a range of frameworks, programs and processes available that assist schools to do this including the National Safe Schools Framework and the Schoolwide Positive Behaviour Support program.
Violence can occur in a range of settings including school and a comprehensive policy framework has been developed to assist schools address these behaviours. Violence can be physical, sexual or emotional and can sometimes be directly linked to bullying .
Recently mobile phones and the internet have become an issue in escalating the risk of violence as their use by young people increases and it is important that schools have in place procedures for managing communication technologies.
Reducing violence is the responsibility of the whole community. However, schools can play an important role in improving youth safety through equipping students with a range of skills through the curriculum. Schools can support parents to discuss issues of safety with their children through forums such as parent information nights.