Staying Safe

Staying Safe in Tasmanian Government Schools

Did you know?

All students have a right to be free from discrimination, harassment and bullying.

Schools work hard to ensure all students feel safe and supported so they can focus on learning and have fun.

Where to start

  • Ensuring our students are safe and free from discrimination, harassment and bullying is a shared responsibility between the community, parents, schools and students.
  • We all have to work together for safe and supportive schools.

What is bullying?

  • Bullying is repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons. It is intended to cause harm, distress and create fear.
  • Cyber bullying is bullying that is carried out through the internet or mobile phone technologies.
  • Harassment is abuse of power that can affect safety and wellbeing.

Our commitment to you

  • We are committed to ensuring your child is provided with a school that supports them to be the best they can be.
  • Schools must be safe, respectful and inclusive and be free from discrimination, harassment and bullying, both face-to-face and via information technology such as Facebook and Twitter.
  • Schools are encouraged to implement their own Supportive School Environment program in conjunction with their own school communities.

What your school will do?

  • Schools provide opportunities for students to participate and form positive relationships.
  • You child’s teacher is the first point of call if your child is concerned about anything at all.
  • Children are taught about the right way to behave and how to treat others through the learning that happens in classrooms.
  • Your child may want to see a social worker or school psychologist to discuss support and ways to feel safer.
  • Your school may arrange for discussions with students about what is happening and how to model better behaviour.
  • Good behaviour is a partnership between the child, the parent and the school – we all have to work together.
  • Your school will work for a positive resolution.  A punishment is not always the right answer for dealing with bullying – it is important that students understand the impact that their behaviour has on others.

What to do if you think there is a problem

  • If you believe that your child is being bullied, harassed or discriminated against:
    • encourage your child to talk about what is happening
    • write down when, where and with whom problems seem to be happening
    • make an appointment to see your child’s teacher or the school principal to discuss the matter
    • ask about the school’s policies in this area
    • keep in contact with the school until you are happy that the problem has been sorted out.

Where can you get more information?

  • Talk to your child’s teacher or principal.
  • Go to the national anti-bullying website for tips and hints –

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