Student safety and wellbeing

This page has information on safeguarding the wellbeing of children in schools, child protection, reporting requirements for child abuse or neglect and sharing information with other agencies.

Schools have a responsibility to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the children in their care, providing a secure and supportive learning environment for students, staff and the wider school community.

This includes:

  • the welfare of students and staff
  • protecting property, resources and information.

Your child's school can provide you with more information on their student safety and wellbeing program.

Child abuse or neglect

In the Northern Territory any person who believes a child is being, or has been, abused or neglected is required by law to report their concerns.

The Department of Education takes its moral and legal obligations to care and protect children in its care very seriously. While children are at school, teachers and principals are an integral to child protection and are well placed to establish and provide support.

Read more about child abuse.

Find out how to report child abuse

Sharing information

To protect children, teachers and other service providers are able to share information relating to the safety and wellbeing of a child.

Read more about sharing information to protect children.

Go to policies on the Department of Education website for more information about mandatory reporting of harm and exploitation of children.

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Last updated: 19 April 2016