National Safe Schools Framework

Guiding Principles for the provision of a safe and supportive school environment

Australian Schools:

  • Affirm the right of all school community members to feel safe at school
  • Promote care, respect and co-operation, and value diversity
  • Implement policies, programs and processes to nurture a safe and supportive school environment
  • Recognise that quality leadership is an essential element that underpins the creation of a safe and supportive school environment
  • Develop and implement policies and programs through processes that engage the whole school community
  • Ensure that roles and responsibility of all members of the school community in promoting a safe and supportive environment are explicitly, clearly understood and disseminated
  • Recognise the critical importance of pre-service and ongoing professional development in creating a safe and supportive school environment
  • Have a responsibility to provide opportunities for students to learn through formal curriculum knowledge, skills and dispositions needed for positive relationships
  • Focus on policies that are proactive and orientated towards prevention and intervention
  • Regularly monitor and evaluate their policies and programs so that evidence based practice supports decisions and improvements
  • Take action to protect children from all forms of abuse and neglect