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Reporting and Managing School Incidents (including emergencies)

Overview

These Guidelines and Procedures for Reporting and Managing School Incidents (Guidelines) support schools to implement the key actions they are required to take to manage school emergencies and other incidents. They are based on the Department‘s Schools Incident Management System (SIMS) Policy and Guidelines which sets out the whole-of-Department system for managing incidents, across all three tiers of the Department (school, regional office and central office). 

The information provided in these Guidelines and the associated resource material is intended to support school-based staff to act consistently with the overarching Department SIMS Policy and Guidelines and to extract the key information specific to schools. However, school staff are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the full Department SIMS Policy and Guidelines to develop a thorough understanding of how the Department manages incidents, across the three tiers.

These Guidelines also provide information on reporting to eduSafe and action required for reporting and responding to Notifiable Incidents to WorkSafe.

When faced with an emergency or incident, schools must follow the six incident management stages outlined in these Guidelines.

  1. Identify and respond

  2. Report for support 1800 126 126

  3. Ongoing support and recovery

  4. Investigate

  5. Review and close

  6. Analyse and learn

Guidance chapter providing an overview of the Guidelines and Procedures for Reporting and Managing School Incidents

Reviewed 26 May 2020

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