Occupational Violence Policy launched to keep our staff safe in Canberra public schools

Released 26/07/2017

Today I launched a new Occupational Violence Policy and Management Plan with the Australian Education Union ACT Branch, to ensure public school staff are safe and confident in doing what they are most passionate about, teaching and facilitating learning.

Every child has the right access education and every worker has the right to be safe at work.

The ACT has a great education system and our community should be proud of our approach to inclusion in our schools, where all young people are offered access to an education system regardless of their circumstances.

While schools are rightly student centred, schools must also provide an environment where staff are safe and remain confident in their workplace.

The launch of this policy today demonstrates and alerts the community that the safety of our staff is paramount.

The new Occupational Violence policy outlines our commitment to effectively respond to occupational violence while the management plan provides a future direction for staff about how the government will provide the skills, support, resources and culture required to ensure staff remain safe at work.

While challenging behaviours will always be present in schools, the government is leading Australia in equipping public schools to minimise the impact on staff and students.

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