The purpose of this policy is to explain to our school community the Duty of Care obligations that all staff at Princes Hill Secondary College owe to our students and members of the school community who visit and use the school premises.
2. Policy Statement
“Duty of Care” is a legal obligation that requires schools to take reasonable steps to reduce the risk of reasonably foreseeable harm to students, which can include personal injury (physical or psychological) or damage to property. The reasonable steps that our school may decide to take in response to a potential risk or hazard will depend on the circumstances of the risk.
Staff at our school understand that school activities involve different levels of risk and that particular care may need to be taken to support younger students or students with additional needs. Our school also understands that it is responsible for ensuring that the school premises are kept in good repair and will take reasonable steps to reduce the risk of members of our community suffering injury or damage because of the state of the premises.
School staff, parents, carers and students are encouraged to speak to the principal to raise any concerns about risks or hazards at our school, or our duty of care obligations.
Our school has developed policies to manage common risks in the school environment, including:
Staff at Princes Hill Secondary College acknowledge that, as our duty of care is non-delegable, we are also required to take reasonable steps to reduce the risk of reasonably foreseeable harm when external providers have been engaged to plan for or conduct an activity involving our students. Our Visitors Policy, Camps and Tours Policy - Revision and Excursions and Incursions Policy include information on the safety and care of our students when engaged with external providers. Our school also takes steps to ensure student safety when they are engaging in off-site workplace learning programs with external providers, such as when students are participating in work experience, school-based apprenticeships and traineeships, structured workplace learning and any other workplace learning program involving external providers. Our school will follow all applicable Department of Education and Training policy and guidelines in relation to off-site learning and will ensure that the safety and welfare of the students engaging in these activities is paramount. The Department’s guidelines in relation to Workplace Learning are available here.
4. Evaluation & Review
This policy will be reviewed every 4 years.