Page 3559 - Week 11 - Thursday, 24 September 2015

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There are a number of supports in place that Central Office provides to ensure a healthy and safe workplace for all employees. These include:

Team Teach, which is a targeted training program established in 1997. The training provides positive strategies (including physical restraint) to respond to and manage challenging behaviours. The strategies aim to minimise risk and reduce restraint

referrals to Employee Assistance Programs

injury management advice and support in conjunction with CMTEDD

injury management follow up with injured employees

Student Wellbeing branch implement management plans to assist schools with student behaviour

health and safety advice- behaviour response, risk assessments, follow up and review

communicating and consulting through employee committees and networks, to raise awareness of types of injuries occurring as well as how to reduce or avoid injuries

encourage timely reporting with reminders to all employees and through regular committee and network meetings.

(4) The Education and Training Directorate meets its obligations, as set out in the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, to protect all persons from risk to their health and safety in the workplace. This obligation is carried out by the provision of information, training, instruction and supervision that is necessary to protect all persons from risks to their health and safety arising from work carried out as part of the conduct of the business or undertaking.

Frameworks, policies and procedures, specifically relating to student behaviour including the National Safe Schools Framework and Directorate Providing Safe Schools P-12 policy have supported the continued efforts to meet the Directorate’s obligations under the WHS Act.

The Education and Training Directorate have developed systems and processes to support the needs of employees and students in responding to incidents relating to assault by a person or persons.

Regular incident data is reported to Director’s on a monthly basis. This reporting shows trends of injuries and allows the Directorate to provide appropriate strategies to respond and reduce.

Some of these include:

Network Student Engagement Team (NSET) – an early support mechanism to case manage behavioural support to students while supporting the school to manage the student by:

o developing behaviour management plans

o conducting risk assessments

o providing training for staff, e.g.: TeamTeach (training to manage agitated/aggressive students)

o working with the family and/or student to address underlying issues

o going into the class to model strategies

o making referral to external agencies (to address family issues)

o developing flexible learning options to address student engagement

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