Thursday, 18 October 2012

Safe Schools

Department of Education Media Release

18 October 2012


Deputy Secretary Department of Education

Education Department Deputy Secretary Andrew Finch said today that the Department of Education is committed to establishing safe schools and colleges.

“There are guidelines in place that relate to duty of care by school staff for their students and its employees and all staff should be aware of these guidelines.

“They provide clear advice to all adult members of schools and colleges to ensure that there are positive, caring and respectful relationships with children and young people.

“It is important to safeguard the emotional and physical wellbeing of children, young people and employees by promoting an enhanced understanding of appropriate relationship boundaries,” he said.

All Government schools have strong processes in place to protect the safety of students and staff,” he said.

Mr Finch said that the Department cannot comment on individual cases that are subject of investigation,” he said.

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