School anti-violence toolkit (2012)

The New Zealand Post Primary Teachers' Association / Te Wehengarua (PPTA) School Anti-Violence Toolkit has been updated to include a section specifically about violence against teachers.

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A resource to assist schools in developing and implementing effective anti-violence policies, practice and procedures

Violence in schools encompasses all incidents in which any member of the school community is subjected to abuse, threatening, intimidating or humiliating behaviour, or physical assault from a student, parent, staff member, Board member or member of the public.

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.
  • 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 Heath and Safety in Employment Act 1992.
  • Resources to assist schools in developing and implementing anti-violence policy and practice.