Student Safety, Wellbeing and Behaviour
The Executive Directive – Student Safety Wellbeing and Behaviour guides the creation of cultures of safety and wellbeing where students feel safe and can flourish in their learning and development. The executive directive ensures all CEWA employees have the knowledge and skills to promote student wellbeing and respond and intervene in matters where the behaviour, safety or mental health of students is concerned.
Sources of authority
- Catholic Education Commission Western Australia Community Policy – Effective 22 February 2021.
- National Principles for Child Safe Organisations, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet
- Catholic Education Western Australia Commitment to Child Safety
- Western Australian Legislation Tobacco Products Control Act 2006
- Western Australian Legislation Occupational Safety and Health Act 1984
- CEWA prioritises the safety and wellbeing of all students and is committed to promoting and supporting safe and inclusive learning environments.
- Students learn best when they feel safe, engaged, have a sense of belonging and attend school regularly.
- CEWA recognises all members of the community as role models and change agents who have a broader influence in promoting and teaching safe, productive, and healthy behaviours and respectful relationships.
- CEWA adopts a values-based, developmentally appropriate and trauma-informed approach to student behaviour.
- CEWA leaders implement evidence-based and data-informed programs and practices that proactively focus on prevention and promotion to cultivate the safety, wellbeing, and desired behaviour of the whole school community.
- CEWA recognises each child and young person’s agency, and the right to be heard and to have a voice in all decisions affecting them.
- CEWA will act to protect children from all forms of abuse and neglect. The safety and wellbeing of students must be the paramount consideration in all decision making; this must take precedence over all other factors.
- CEWA’s Student Behaviour Guidelines conform to the rules of procedural fairness and non-discrimination. They strictly forbid the use of any form of child abuse, corporal punishment, or other degrading punishment to manage student behaviour.
- The principal in consultation with the Executive Director or their delegate shall have the authority to exclude a student.
- CEWA ensures the appropriate and responsible use of medicinal drugs and prohibits the possession, use, and/or distribution of illegal drugs, alcohol, tobacco products or drug/smoking-related equipment.
- When students require individual support or intervention due to risk, safety or health, Catholic schools ensure students have individual management plans, co-designed with relevant health professionals.
- CEWA promotes and encourages student attendance and proactively responds to restore student non-attendance.
- CEWA employees are appropriately trained and competent in matters relating to student safety, health, behaviour, and wellbeing.
- CEWA is committed to always providing a totally smoke-free environment.
- The principal must ensure the implementation of the CEWA Child Safe Framework, ensuring the key practices and nine elements are embedded across the community.
- The principal must ensure the Framework is regularly reviewed and incorporated within school improvement processes to achieve the registration standards for non-government schools.
- The principal must communicate the Framework to all the members of the school community, highlighting individual and shared roles, responsibilities, and procedures to ensure a child-safe Catholic school.
- CEWA Executive and principals must ensure all staff, governing body members, regular volunteers and contractors complete induction training and ongoing professional learning, appropriate to their role, to instruct on their responsibilities and the procedures for ensuring the health, safety and wellbeing of every student within the school community.
- The principal must implement a Student Code of Conduct that has been developed in consultation with students. Schools should use CEWA’s Developing a Student Code of Conduct: Facilitator Guide for this purpose.
- The principal must ensure their staff implement the CEWA endorsed and supported preventative education program, delivered by appropriately trained staff, to all students from kindergarten to year 12.
- CEWA Executive and principals must ensure that all staff follow CEWA’s Child Protection Procedures and Guidelines when there is a child safety concern.
- When a principal is notified of an investigation/arrest/charge/bail of a student for an offence included in Schedule 1 or 2 of the Working with Children (Criminal Record Checking) Act 2004 they must implement the Multi-Agency Protocol for Education Options for Young People Charged with Harmful Sexual Behaviours
Mental Health and Wellbeing
- The principal should support the wellbeing and pastoral care of students with the implementation of CEWA’s Pastoral Care and Wellbeing Framework – to be updated in 2021.
- When a student is identified as being at risk of suicide or non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) the principal must ensure employees follow the School Response and Planning Guidelines for Students with Suicidal Behaviour and Non-suicidal Self-injury
- A principal should ensure staff refer to School Curriculum and Standards Authority guidelines regarding special examination arrangements for mental health conditions.
- A principal should ensure staff refer to the CEWA’s Gender Incongruence Gender Dysphoria Guidelines when supporting students who identify as gender incongruent. (tbd 2021)
- CEWA Executive and principals must use data-informed processes to respond to the diverse behaviour needs of students.
- The principal must ensure staff follow CEWA’s Behaviour Guidelines for Catholic Schools. (tbd 2021)
- Principals should inform all members of the school community about the guidelines and behaviour management permitted.
- Principals must ensure staff follow the Process for Exclusion of Students for Disciplinary Reasons at Appendix 3.
- Principals must ensure staff follow CEWA’s Student Attendance Process (Appendix 1) and this process must be communicated with the school community.
- The Department of Education manages the day-to-day operations of the Students whose Whereabouts Unknown (SWU) list on behalf of all three education sectors.
- A student is regarded as missing when they cannot be located, their parent/s cannot be contacted, and the school has not received a transfer note.
- Principals must follow the Students Whose Whereabouts are unknown Guidelines and Procedures.
- Schools should report students who are missing within 15 days of their last date of attendance, after taking reasonable steps to contact the family. The report is completed via the SWU Request form and sent to the Education Department.
- The principal must ensure staff follow the Guidelines for the Administration of Medication and Provision of Health Care to Students.
- When a student identifies with a health issue, the principal must ensure staff implement the appropriate Health Care Plan including but not limited to:
- Diabetes Management Plan and Action Plans from Diabetes WA
- Anaphylaxis action plans from the Australian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy
- Asthma action plans from National Asthma Council Australia
- Epilepsy Management Plan from Epilepsy Smart Schools.
- CEWA Executive and principals must ensure the following areas are smoke free:
- Any Catholic school building
- Enclosed public areas
- Grounds (including the land up to the boundaries on which buildings located)
- vehicles on a school site
- vehicles transporting students either during or outside school hours.
- School camps and excursions
- CEWA Executive and principals must ensure all persons on a CEWA site are aware that it is a totally smoke free environment.
- The principal must ensure their school follows the Sun Protection: Best practice guidelines Western Australian schools developed by Cancer Council WA. Link
- When supplying food and drinks to students, the principal must ensure the Guidelines for healthy food and drinks supplied in school canteens, as published by the Department of Health, are followed. Link
- The principal must ensure the Executive Directive – Work Health and Safety is followed to provide for the safe handling, preparation and serving of food.