Children are at risk of injuring themselves at any time. Parents have different expectations of teachers as a professional than that of themselves when caring for their own children. When forcing parents to put their children in school by law at the age of six years and six months (Department of Education Western Australia, 2011), the Department must implement a Duty of Care to help protect Teachers and the children that are in their care. These expectations or breaches of; can result in injuries or legal proceedings. Teachers as professionals must act at all times, using ‘reasonable care’(WADOC) to prevent ‘an injury that was reasonably foreseeable’(WADOC).
Following the Duty of Care for Students(D.O.C.WA, 2007), it is essential to uphold the safety of the children, making sure that the schools protect them from reasonable harm and provide a safe learning environment.
1. The Policy
The Department of Education Western Australia issued the Duty of Care for Students(2007) policy in order to protect students welfare and safety from foreseeable risks whilst in the supervision of teachers and schools within the state of Western Australia.
Parents and teachers agree that schools must advocate having the right to learn in a caring and safe learning environment. This involves the school, teachers, non-staff members, students, parents and all aspects of the learning environment within the school.
Children’s safety has the upmost importance where there are any risks; teachers as professionals must attempt to establish and remove any risks involved in their classroom, in learning areas and in areas where children have any access in which they are at risk of injury.
The Duty of Care for Students (Department of Education, Western Australia, 2007) covers the concerns and risks involved in caring for children. The risks include but are not limited to child welfare, injury, accident, abuse and neglect.
Teachers as professionals have responsibilities to their students to protect them from harm. Teachers have the responsibility to them self to act responsibly, ethically and professionally to protect themselves from breaching the Duty of Care for Students. A teacher has the responsibility to know and understand the risks involved and how to assess these risks working with children. These risks include but are not limited to activities that they arrange within their learning environments and legislation bodies listed under section 4 of the Duty of Care(Department of Education, Western Australia, 2007) that affects these activities. The Duty of Care of Students aids in giving guidance to teachers and schools, procedures to support and assist in protecting both the teacher and the students.
a) Scenario 1
A number of students arrive early to school at about 7.40 am each morning. The first teachers usually arrive about thirty minutes later.
The following measures should be taken...