Our children are our greatest resource; their future, our greatest responsibility.
All permanent, casual and temporary employees of the NSW Department of Education and Training are bound by rules, policies and codes of conduct aimed to protect the welfare and wellbeing of students – our primary stakeholders.
All new staff, including casuals, need to:
- read the procedures Protecting and Supporting Children and Young People
- participate in child protection awareness training on these procedures (unless there is a record of previous attendance at a briefing). Portal log on is required with this link.
- participate in a briefing on Responding to Allegations Against Employees in the Area of Child Protection (PDF 0.3MB).
You are required to read the documents and to be aware of the contents and implications of these documents, and recognise that you will be held accountable for actions delegated to you in these documents.
You will also participate in annual training and development activities about the procedures.
As indicated in Protecting and Supporting Children and Young People: Revised procedures December 2000 all staff must be provided with an annual update on child protection.
The Child Protection Update can be accessed through the portal or on the Department intranet.
All teachers in government schools need to ensure that teaching practices and programs are consistent with the Department's policies and procedures.
Risk of Harm
The Department requires all school staff to inform the principal when they have reasonable grounds to suspect risk of harm to a child or young person. You are expected to be aware of the indicators of abuse and neglect and to assist by providing relevant and available information to the principal who will make a report to the Department of Community Services (DOCS). You should make a report directly to the DOCS Helpline (telephone: 132 111) if there are reasons precluding you making a report to the principal.
Occupational Health & Safety
The NSW Department of Education and Training is committed to ensuring a safe and healthy working and learning environment for staff, students and visitors to schools, colleges and other workplaces across the organisation. In addition, the Department is committed to injury management aimed at the early and safe return to work of injured staff.
This commitment extends to casual teachers who, like all departmental staff, have both OHS rights and responsibilities under the legislation.
A self-paced OHS induction package (intranet only) has been developed for school staff. It outlines general OHS procedures, provides advice on how to access health and safety information and refers to the principal for specific advice on local OHS issues.
The package contains information on key issues including:
- OHS legislation
- Risk management
- Injury management
- First aid
- Emergency procedures
Also included are various fact sheets on OHS topics relevant to schools.
Code of Conduct
The Code of Conduct summarises the expectations that the Department has about how staff will behave. The document sets out ethical principles to assist you make decisions and to guide your actions.
The Code includes information on such topics as personal and professional behaviour; conflict of interest; gifts and the risk of being compromised; information protection and public comment; private employment; use of official resources; post separation employment; and reporting suspected wrongdoing.
If you are in doubt as to the appropriate course of action to be adopted in any circumstance, the matter should be discussed with a more senior staff member or raised formally with the principal.
You should take the time to find out more about Code of Conduct policy and procedures and consider the implications for your professional practice.
Board of Studies NSW Syllabus and Support Materials
The Board of Studies serves NSW government and non-government schools in the development of school education for Kindergarten to Year 12. It provides educational leadership by developing quality curriculum and awarding secondary school credentials, the School Certificate and the Higher School Certificate. The Board of Studies sets the core curriculum by developing syllabuses for Kindergarten to Year 12 and provides support materials for teachers and parents.
- Kindergarten to year 6 (Stages 1 to 3) syllabuses and support materials
- Years 7 to 10 (Stages 4 and 5) syllabuses and support materials
- Years 11 and 12 (Stage 6) syllabuses and support materials
- NSW Department of Education and Training annual reports
- NSW Department of Education and Training strategies and plans
- Our policies database (intranet only)
- Student welfare (intranet only)
- Student discipline in government schools
- Corruption prevention
- Protected disclosures - internal reporting (intranet only)
- Employer communication devices staff use (intranet only)
- Procedures for managing and assessing probationary teachers (pdf 240kb) - intranet only
- Procedures for managing casual teachers who are experiencing difficulties with their teaching performance (MS word 105kb) - intranet only