Because of their regular contact with students and families, departmental employees play a vital role in:
- identifying and responding to suspected child abuse and neglect
- helping families to access support services that may build on their strengths and address issues impacting on their parenting.
The Department of Education is committed to providing safe and supportive environments, preventing reasonably foreseeable harm to students and responding when an employee or visitor to state schools suspects harm or risk of harm to students.
Employee actions and decision making in relation to student protection matters are guided by departmental procedures including the
Student protection procedure and the
Allegations Against Employees in the Area of Student Protection procedure.