In keeping with the Child Protection Act 1999 the Student Protection Policy asserts that the welfare and best interests of children are paramount and all children have a right to protection from harm.
The Student Protection Policy considers harm to students as:
Harm caused by or involving employees is managed in accordance with Allegations Against Employees in the Area of Student Protection Procedure .
The Department's Code of Conduct for the Queensland Public Service and Code of Conduct Standard of Practice establish clear standards of conduct for employees to follow. All staff receive training in the Code of Conduct.
Employees of state schools are required to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students at all times. The Code of Conduct for the Queensland Public Service and Code of Conduct Standard of Practice set clear expectations for employees' behaviour. In addition, if an employee suspects that a student has been harmed, or is at risk of harm, they must report their suspicion to the school principal.
The principal follows guidelines outlined in Education Queensland's Student Protection Policy to make reports as necessary to the Department's Ethical Standards Unit, Department of Communities (Child Safety Services) or the Queensland Police Service.
This page was last reviewed on 30 Jul 2012 at 05:31PM