Policies

TNS Primary Polices are available at the School Administration office on request. Staff and families are expected to adhere to these at all times, not only to ensure we maintain compliance and abide by all relevant legislation, but also to ensure the smooth running of our School. We regularly review our policies and procedures and the Board welcomes input from members of our school community. Your involvement helps us to continually grow and improve our School, and may lead to a change in our policies and procedures.

The following key policies are available for download:

- TNS- 012 Behaviour Management and Discipline Policy

- TNS- 014 Grievance Resolution Policy

- TNS- 035 Bullying Prevention Policy - Students

- TNS - Assessment and Reporting Statement

- TNS - 003 Child Protection Policy

Child Protection

Child protection is everyone's responsibility. It is important that you know what to do if you need to report an allegation of staff misconduct or reportable conduct. The following extracts are from our Child Protection Policy:

What is reportable conduct?

5.2.6.1 Definition of reportable conduct

Reportable conduct is defined as:

  • any sexual offence or sexual misconduct committed against, with or in the presence of a child (including a child pornography offence or an offence involving child abuse material);

  • any assault, ill-treatment or neglect of a child; and

  • any behaviour that causes psychological harm to a child whether or not, in any case, with the consent of the child. 

 

Reportable conduct does not extend to: 

  • conduct that is reasonable for the purposes of the discipline, management or care of children, having regard to the age, maturity, health or other characteristics of the children and to any relevant codes of conduct or professional standards; or 

  • the use of physical force that, in all the circumstances, is trivial or negligible, but only if the matter is to be investigated and the result of the investigation recorded under workplace employment procedures; or 

  • conduct of a class or kind exempted from being reportable conduct by the Ombudsman under section 25CA.

Who should I report concerns to regarding child protection?

5.2.5 Contact for Parents

The Head Teacher is the contact point for parents if they wish to report an allegation of reportable conduct against an employee.

If the allegation involves the Head Teacher, you are required to report to the Board Chair.

What happens when an allegation of reportable conduct is made?

5.2.7.1 Initial steps

Once an allegation of reportable conduct against an employee is received, the Head of Agency is required to:

  • determine on face value whether it is an allegation of reportable conduct;

    • assess whether Community Services or the Police need to be notified (i.e. if reasonable grounds to suspect that a child is at risk of significant harm or a potential criminal offence). If they have been notified, seek clearance from these statutory agencies prior to the school proceeding with the Reportable Conduct investigation

  • notify the child's parents (unless to do so would be likely to compromise the investigation or any investigation by Community Services or the Police)

  • notify the Ombudsman within 30 days of receiving the allegation;

  • carry out a risk assessment and take action to reduce/remove risk, where appropriate; and

  • investigate the allegation or appoint someone to investigate the allegation.

 

5.2.7.2 Investigation principles

TNS will:

  • be mindful of the principles of procedural fairness;

  • inform the person subject of the allegation (PSOA) of the substance of any allegations made against them and provide them with a reasonable opportunity to respond to the allegations;

  • make reasonable enquiries or investigations before making a decision;

  • avoid conflicts of interest;

  • conduct the investigation without unjustifiable delay; 

  • handle the matter as confidentially as possible; and

  • provide appropriate support for all parties including the child/children, witnesses and the PSOA.

 

5.2.7.3 Investigation steps

In an investigation the Head of Agency or appointed investigator will generally:

  • interview relevant witnesses and gather relevant documentation;

  • provide a letter of allegation to the PSOA;

  • interview the PSOA;

    • consider relevant evidence and make a preliminary finding in accordance with the NSW Ombudsman guidelines;

    • inform the PSOA of the preliminary finding and provide them with an opportunity to respond;

    • consider any response provided by the PSOA;

  • make a final finding in accordance with the NSW Ombudsman Guidelines; 

  • decide on the disciplinary action, if any, to be taken against the PSOA; 

  • apply the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian (OCG) Guidelines and decide if the matter is reportable to the OCG; and

  • send the final report to the Ombudsman and report to the OCG (where required) (see Part 3).

 

The steps outlined above may need to be varied on occasion to meet particular circumstances. For example, it may be necessary to take different steps where the matter is also being investigated by Community Services or the NSW Police.

 

A PSOA may have an appropriate support person with them during the interview process. Such a person is there for support only and as a witness to the proceedings and not as an advocate or to take an active role.

For further information, definitions and details please refer to the full policy above.