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									Carlton North Primary School            Policies     Prevention of Harassment and Bullying in the Workplace


                                  Carlton North Primary School
 PREVENTION OF HARASSMENT AND BULLYING IN THE
                 WORKPLACE
                                                   POLICY


Definition:
Harassment is the exertion of power by one person over another – often presenting as bullying
behaviour. It includes behaviour that breaches proper and professional conduct and creates a risk to
health and safety and makes another person feel embarrassed, intimidated, humiliated, offended, upset,
devalued, or degraded, possibly in front of others. It can involve all school personnel, students,
parents, contractors and visitors to the school. Workplace harassment can include such behaviour as:
belittling opinions and unconstructive criticism; isolating an employee from normal work interactions,
training and development or career opportunities; screaming, offensive language, insults, sarcasm;
changing work routines to victimise particular employees; verbal and physical abuse; sexual or
unwanted advances.

Rationale:
Harassment, bullying and discrimination in any form is unacceptable. Carlton North Primary School
and the School Council is committed to providing safe and equitable working conditions for staff. It
seeks to provide a fair and supportive work environment that promotes personal and professional
respect, and provides physical and emotional safety for all. All staff members have a responsibility to
ensure their working environment remains free from harassment and bullying, and all staff are
encouraged to develop attitudes and skills that discourage, challenge and report harassment and
bullying in all forms.

Implementation:
♦ All staff will be made aware of the legislative requirements relating to harassment and bullying
♦ All staff will complete DE&T online Workplace Discrimination and Sexual Harassment training
♦ Professional development relating to harassment, bullying and discrimination will be provided for all
staff, who in turn will model and practice appropriate behaviour.
♦ School protocols for resolving issues or complaints will be developed and well publicised
♦ Staff members will not allow themselves or their colleagues to be subjected to harassment, bullying
or discrimination from other staff, parents, students or others – all such incidents will be recorded,
evidence compiled and reported to the principal (or Regional Director, if the report involves the
principal)
♦ In serious matters of bullying or harassment, the Principal or his /her delegate is empowered to issue
a trespass warning and, if necessary, a trespass order or intervention order to the person/s concerned
according to Victorian law and DE&T guidelines
♦ All claims of workplace harassment, bullying or discrimination will be treated confidentially,
documented and promptly and constructively addressed
♦ All reports will be investigated according to the established DE&T complaints resolution procedures
♦ Once a report is lodged, those directly involved will be informed of the complaint, and are permitted
to have a support person present throughout the issue resolution process, including any interviews and
meetings
♦ The principles of natural justice will be followed in any investigation
♦ Records of all proceedings will be maintained and stored securely
♦ The School Council president will be informed of all formalised complaints.

Review:
This policy will be reviewed in 2006.

References: Complaints resolution procedures from Principal Class, Teacher
Class and School Service Officers Handbooks at:
http://www.eduweb.vic.gov.au/hrweb/workm/perform/comres.htm

This policy was endorsed by staff on 18/04/2005 and ratified by the School Council on 03/05/2005

Principal’s signature_______________________________


Carlton North Primary School     Policies             Prevention of Harassment & Bullying in the Workplace Policy
Carlton North Primary School          Policies   Prevention of Harassment and Bullying in the Workplace




                               RELEVANT PUBLICATIONS

Health, safety and well-being policy, Department of Education and Training 2003
Available at: http://www.eduweb.vic.gov.au/hrweb/ohs/other/legisl.htm

Ministerial Order No 166 School-based Employees (Unsatisfactory Performance) Order 1998
Available at: http://www.eduweb.vic.gov.au/hrweb/employcond/res/tso.htm

Occupational health and safety guidelines, Department of Education and Training
Available at: http://www.eduwb.vic.gov.au/hrweb/ohs/other/DETpubs.htm

Prevention of Bullying and Violence at Work: Guidance Note, WorkSafe Victoria 2003
Available at: http://www.workcover.vic.gov.au/vwa/home.nsf/pages/b&v_intro

Sexual harassment policy and procedures, Department of Education and Training 2002
Available at: http://www.eduweb.vic.gov.au/hrweb/Docs/SexHarPolicy.doc

Teaching Service (Conduct and Duties) Order No 165 (as amended by Orders 173 and 175)
Available at: http://www.vic.gov.au/hrweb/employcond/res/tso.htm

Victorian Government Schools Reference Guide, Section 4.6.13 Bullying
Available at: http://www.eduweb.vic.gov.au/referenceguide/
(Edumail user name and password required)

                                     USEFUL CONTACTS

Department of Education and Training
Conduct and Ethics Unit
Phone: 9637 2594

Employee health Branch
Phone: 9637 2395 for counselling and mediation services
Phone: 9637 2385 for policy and strategy advice
Fax: 9637 2300
Email: employeehealth@edumail.vic.gov.au

Northern Metropolitan Region
Phone: 9488 9488

Equal Opportunity Commission of Victoria
Phone: 9281 7111 or 1800 134 142

WorkSafe Victoria
Phone: 9641 1555
http://www.workcover.vic.gov.au/dir090/vwa/home.nsf/pages/b&v_intro




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