School anti-violence toolkit (2016)
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A New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) resource to assist schools in developing and implementing effective anti-violence policies, practice and procedures, including dealing with bullying, harassment, and assault.
A resource to assist schools in developing and implementing effective anti-violence policies, practice and procedures
Aims of this resource
This resource kit aims to provide teachers and schools with:
• Information on their legal rights and obligations in providing a safe school environment for all members of the school community.
• Analysis of the forms of violence that exist in schools, including bullying, racial harassment and sexual harassment – both in person and online.
• Illustration of the issues that may result for staff and schools from the various forms of bullying and harassment between different members of the school community.
• Guidelines on a whole school approach to developing effective anti-violence policies, which will ensure full school community commitment and participation.
• Guidelines on developing effective strategies and procedures for use in preventing and managing incidents of violence, including complaints procedures, and provision for support services and ongoing monitoring and evaluation.
• Information about assault and guidelines to follow if a staff member is assaulted at school. PPTA policy is that members follow these guidelines and report assaults on teachers to the Police.
• A process for dealing with violent students and individuals who may meet the definition of “a hazard” under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015.
• A process for dealing with abuse and harassment online (harmful digital communications).
• Resources to assist schools in developing and implementing anti-violence policy and practice.