School Leadership

School leadership is critical to strategic and purposeful school wide approaches to the teaching of Respectful Relationships Education. As part of school leadership implementation, principals and school leaders are supported through online professional learning and planning tools.

Respectful Schools Respectful Behaviour

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The Respectful School, Respectful Behaviour resource supports school communities to build respectful, safe and supportive learning environments where all members have opportunities to develop the requisite knowledge, skills and understanding to become successful, lifelong learners.

This resource provides practical information about:

  • developing and implementing whole school or organisation, classroom, group and individual approaches to respectful behaviour and relationships
  • school and classroom best practice
  • supporting individual need
  • dealing with inappropriate behaviour and relationships.

Respectful Schools and Workplaces Overview

Respectful Relationships Education is a key initiative which aligns to other major systemwide drivers, policies and initiatives (see below) which have been developed to support the Respectful Schools and Workplaces Framework (PDF, 213KB).


Department of Education policies

Projects and initiatives

Audit and Planning Tool

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This resource has been developed to assist leaders to plan for respectful relationships education in their school. The Respectful Relationships Audit and Planning tools enable schools to:

  • identify current programs and resources which address Respectful Relationships education
  • identify what is expected in terms of embedded practice across the five action areas of the Respectful Relationships Package
  • use their understanding of embedded practice to review current practice
  • develop, carry out and review a plan of action to implement Respectful Relationships education in their contexts.

School leaders are encouraged to maintain their own copy of this document and attend to the relevant components within the context of their school.

Mandatory Reporting

Everyone in the community is responsible for the safety and protection of children and young people.

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What is mandatory reporting?

Mandatory reporting is the legislative requirement for people to report suspected child abuse and neglect to government authorities.

Mandatory reporting further supports the department’s strategic direction to ensure that all learners are provided with a safe and inclusive learning environment which supports and allows them to strive for excellence and reach their full potential.

Mandatory reporting is in line with Safe Homes, Safe Families which is the Tasmanian Government’s, coordinated, whole-of-government Action Plan to respond to family violence.

Who is responsible for mandatory reporting?

Everyone in the community is responsible for the safety and protection of children and young people.

All departmental staff and volunteers are mandatory reporters under the Children, Young Persons and Their Families Act (1997) Act.

DoE Mandatory Reporting Procedure

This Procedure provides guidance to Department of Education staff on how to meet their legislated mandatory reporting obligations in relation to child abuse and neglect.

All staff members and volunteers MUST make a report directly to the Strong Families, Safe Kids Advice and Referral Line 1800 000 123 (ARL) or make an online notification when they believe or suspect, on reasonable grounds that a child is suffering, has suffered or is likely to suffer abuse or neglect in order to prevent the occurrence or further occurrences of the abuse or neglect.

Information about child abuse and neglect may come via observations or disclosure from a child or young person.

Principal’s and manager’s responsibility

Principals and managers must ensure that all staff and volunteers receive Mandatory Reporting training annually. This can be provided at a staff meeting by the principal, their delegate or school social worker. The Strong Families Safe Kids Advice and Referral Line can be contacted for training support.