This policy is current as at 24/03/2018 03:58am, AEDT. Please refer to policy library website (https://education.nsw.gov.au/policy-library) for an updated version.
This policy details how the department responds to allegations of a child protection nature made against employees.
1.1 The department is committed to protecting the safety, welfare and wellbeing of students, ensuring it is responsive to allegations raised about its employees and responds to its legislative responsibilities.
1.2 As an employer, the department has a responsibility to:
1.3 The department requires principals and workplace managers to report immediately to the Employee Performance and Conduct Directorate (EPAC) allegations of a child protection nature.
1.4 EPAC provides direction to principals and workplace managers on initial contact about risk management, preserving evidence, reporting to other agencies and undertaking further enquiries.
1.5 The directorate assesses any available information and decides whether to:
1.6 The directorate assesses risk to address the safety of alleged victims, witnesses and students more broadly while an investigation is undertaken.
1.7 Investigations involve collecting and analysing the evidence, putting allegations to an employee, providing the opportunity for the person under investigation to respond, reviewing all the information gathered and drafting an investigation report with a recommended outcome.
1.8 EPAC and principals/workplace managers will provide victims and employees information about support services available to them. Additional supports may be required where a victim is particularly vulnerable e.g. a student with disability.
2.1 This policy applies to all employees including paid employees, contractors, volunteer workers and student teachers on practicums.
3.1 The safety, welfare and wellbeing of children and young people in educational settings are paramount. When responding to allegations against employees the department also has a responsibility to ensure its employees are treated fairly.
3.2 This policy reflects the legislative requirements of the department to respond to allegations of a child protection nature against employees. The Department has an obligation to children and employees to ensure allegations of a child protection nature are addressed and properly handled. The Department also has a duty of care to keep students safe in schools.
4.1 Executive Director EPAC/ EPAC Directorate
4.2 Principals and workplace managers
4.3 All employee
5.1 The Executive Director, Employee Performance and Conduct is responsible for monitoring the implementation of this policy and reviewing its effectiveness, every three years, or sooner if necessary.
6.1 Director, Systems and Practice, Employee Performance and Conduct
T: 9266 8070
Copyright for this website is owned by the State of New South Wales through the Department of Education. For more information go to http://www.dec.nsw.gov.au/footer/copyright.