Strand A - Part 1 - Policy requirement 1

4.4.1 Safe and supportive environment - child protection

A school must provide a safe and supportive environment for students by means that include:

  • employing people in accordance with Part 2 of the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012
  • policies and procedures that ensure compliance with relevant notification requirements required for people employed by the Department under Part 3A of the Ombudsman Act 1974, the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 and the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012
  • procedures based on departmental policy covering the welfare of students.

Advice for principals

This requirement focuses on policies and procedures specifically about child protection practices within the school.  In particular, it involves ensuring that schools are implementing the departmental policies to meet legislative obligations about child protection.

Evidence to provide at the random inspection

The Registration Process for the NSW Government Schooling System Manual outlines the documentation schools must maintain. This includes that:

  • staff who have direct contact with students are informed annually of their legal responsibilities for child protection and other relevant school expectations
  • staff are informed annually of the requirement to notify and investigate allegations of reportable conduct under the Ombudsman Act 1974
  • all people engaged in child-related work at the school, as defined by the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012 have a Working With Children check clearance from the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian
  • evidence of working with children check clearances is maintained for all persons in child-related work at the school as required under the Child Protection (Working with Children) Act 2012
  • the school responds to reportable matters in accordance with legislative requirements
  • all staff who are mandatory reporters under the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 are informed annually of their obligations and the process the school has in place for mandatory reporting
  • clear guidelines and expectations for stakeholders are set regarding complaints or allegations of staff misconduct or reportable conduct
  • all staff are informed about the complaint handling procedures allegations of staff misconduct or reportable conduct.

Department policy, procedures and resources

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