Stage 1 – Identifying an incident and immediate response
Identification is when an incident is observed by or disclosed to a school at any location. This can include disclosure by a student, staff member, family member or other person, to the school.
The following immediate actions should be undertaken after an incident has been brought to the attention of the school.
- Assess the safety of the situation
- Remove the students and staff from any source of danger
- Administer first aid and/or seek medical attention
- If necessary, contact emergency services on and enact the school’s emergency management plan
- If a staff member or another student is accused or suspected of harming a student, separate them from immediate contact with the alleged victim
- Provide support to any student or staff witnesses, refer to the Resources tab for further guidance and resources on supporting students and staff following an incident, such as the (staff login required) and the (staff login required)
- Preserve and make a record of any physical or documentary evidence
- In cases of alleged criminal conduct, including child or sexual abuse, follow instructions on evidence preservation from Victoria Police, whenever instructions are given
- If multiple students have witnessed alleged criminal conduct, separate them to preserve the integrity of their evidence until they are interviewed
Contact relevant parties
- For incidents not involving child abuse or student sexual offending contact parents/carers to provide information regarding the incident, unless doing so would place the safety, health or wellbeing of the child at risk
- For incidents involving child abuse or student sexual offending, follow the 4 actions under
Notifiable incidents to WorkSafe
For incidents that are to WorkSafe, the site must be preserved, except where there is an immediate need to protect the health and safety of persons, provide first aid to any injured persons or to take essential action to make the site safe.
Reviewed 19 December 2022