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Duty of Care VET for School Students Attending TAFEWA Colleges


Policy

1 Policy Statement

  1. Teaching Staff owe a duty to take reasonable care for the safety and welfare of students whilst students are involved in Vocational Education and Training (VET) for School Students (VSS) programs. TAFEWA college lecturers also have a duty of care for these students. The duty is to take such measures as are reasonable in all the circumstances to protect students from risks of harm that reasonably ought to be foreseen. This requires not only protection from known hazards, but also protection from harm that could foreseeably arise and against which preventative measures can be taken.
  2. In discharging their duty of care responsibilities, staff must exercise their professional judgement to achieve a balance between ensuring that students do not face an unreasonable risk of harm and encouraging students' independence and maximising learning opportunities.
  3. When support staff, volunteers and external providers agree to perform tasks that require them to personally care for students in the absence the TAFE lecturer, they will also owe a duty to take such measures as are reasonable in all the circumstances to protect students from risks of harm that reasonably ought to be foreseen.
  4. A Vocational Education and Training (VET) for School Students (VSS) program which is conducted in part at a TAFEWA college is classified as an off-school-site student-learning activity. The program is organised jointly by a member of teaching staff and a member of the TAFEWA college staff.
  5. The minimum level of approval for all programs is that of the Principal. The approval of the Managing Director of the TAFEWA college is also required for a student to attend a college.
  6. Parents, guardians and independent minors must be given sufficient detail about the program and the nature of the TAFEWA college learning environment to make informed choices and parental consent for participation of their children must be obtained before commencing a program, except in the case of independent minors.
  7. Principals and Managing Directors of the TAFEWA colleges are responsible for ensuring that the management plan for a program addresses the risk factors that may exist for both students and staff.

 


Duty of Care VET for School Students Attending TAFEWA Colleges
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