Executive Directive

Incident and Crisis Management

Community

Objective

The Executive Directive – Incident and Crisis Management establishes the framework for Catholic Education Western Australia Ltd (CEWA) to describe appropriate prevention, planning and intervention approaches that can reduce the likelihood of an incident occurring, or mitigate the impact of an incident should it occur, and guide the responses to incidents or near misses, including reportable incidents.

Sources of authority

Catholic Education Commission Western Australia Community Policy – Effective February 2021.

Principles

  1. CEWA owes a duty of care to students, staff and others who may visit school, care centre or office sites or be involved in school-related activities.
  2. CEWA acts to prevent incidents occurring and to mitigate their impact should they occur.
  3. CEWA prepares for incidents through appropriate planning, training and education.
  4. CEWA responds with a rapid, organised, and effective implementation of actions and mobilisation of resources.
  5. CEWA facilitates recovery by providing appropriate levels of support to the school, care centre or office community.
  6. CEWA reports incidents to external agencies in accordance with regulated processes and timelines.
  7. CEWA strives to maintain normal functioning during crisis situations.

Directives

  1. CEWA Executive and the school principal must develop a Crisis Management Plan in accordance with the guidelines in Appendix 3.
  2. CEWA Executive and the school principal must follow the CEWA Incident Reporting Procedures.
  3. CEWA Executive and the school principal must keep an incident register that includes near misses that have occurred, or hazards that have been identified.

Review

This directive will be reviewed annually by the Executive Director.
Effective date
February, 2021
Date of last amendment
Date of policy review
Version number
1.5