Guideline review date: 28 October 2021
This guideline is provided to support schools in implementing the
managing risks in school curriculum activities procedure.
CARA planner must be used for the specific school context in conjunction with this guideline considering additional risks, hazards and controls and including environmental, facility, equipment and student considerations.
For activities beyond the scope of this guideline, complete a CARA record using the
CARA generic template.
This guideline relates to student participation in child-related studies as an activity to support curriculum delivery. Child-related studies refers to any curriculum activity that requires students to observe and interact with young children for curriculum purposes.
'Students' refers to those secondary students who the teacher has engaged in the activity, and 'children' refers to those who are involved in the activity due to their attendance at an early childhood education setting.
Depending on the scope of this activity, other risk assessments may be required when planning. Curriculum activities encompassing more than one CARA guideline must comply with the requirements of all CARA guidelines appropriate to the activity.
For activities conducted at a non-Department of Education venue, and/or when engaging external expertise, request written risk assessment advice and attach it to this CARA record.
For activities conducted off-site, schools must comply with the
school excursions procedure procedure.
Student observation of children with minimal interaction.
If any requirement cannot be met, the activity must not occur.
If any other safety recommendation cannot be met, modify the activity (or elements of it) and/or identify and use the hierarchy of controls to implement alternative control measures to meet or exceed the minimum safety standard.
- This activity must be conducted at a facility that is
approved and follows the appropriate Codes of Practice.
- Participants must adhere to all rules communicated by the centre's management.
- School-based playgroups must be run in conjunction with
guidelines for playgroups In Queensland State Schools for insurance purposes.