Action One: Immediate Response to an Incident

Critical Information

If student sexual offending has just taken place, or is at risk of taking place, you must take reasonable steps to protect all impacted students. These steps include:

  • separating the alleged victim and others involved, ensuring all impacted students are supervised by a school staff member.

  • arranging and providing urgent medical assistance where necessary by:

    • administering first aid assistance

    • calling 000 for an ambulance and following any instructions from emergency service officers/paramedics

  • Calling 000 for urgent police assistance if the student who is alleged to have engaged in the student sexual offending  poses an immediate risk to the health and safety of any person (you should also identify a contact person at the school for future liaison with police).

  • Taking reasonable steps to preserve the environment, the clothing, other items, and potential witnessesses until Victoria Police or other relevant authorities arrive on the premises.

    Ensuring the immediate safety of all impacted students

    If student sexual offending has just taken place, or is at risk of taking place, you must take reasonable steps to protect all impacted students. These include:

    • separating the alleged victim and others involved, ensuring all impacted students are supervised by a school staff member
    • arranging and providing urgent medical assistance where necessary by:
      • administering first aid assistance 
      • calling 000 for an ambulance and following any instructions from emergency service officers/paramedics.
    • calling 000 for urgent police assistance if the person who is alleged to have engaged in the student sexual offending poses an immediate risk to the health and safety of any person (you should also identify a contact person at the school for future liaison with police)

    Preserving Evidence

    Where an incident of suspected student sexual offending occurs at the school, you may need to take action to preserve any items that may amount to evidence of the student sexual offending. Consider all of the following:

    Environment

    Do not clean up the area and do preserve the sites where the alleged incidents occurred. Cordon off the relevant area/room/building and take reasonable steps to ensure that no one enters these areas.

    Clothing

    You may also need to ensure impacted students remain in their clothing and, if this is not possible, ensure that the clothes are not washed, are handled as little as possible, and stored in a sealable bag.

    Other Physical Items

    If there is any other items that may amount to evidence (e.g. weapons, bedding, condoms), try and ensure that these things remain untouched.

    Potential Witnesses

    Given that suspected student sexual offending may become a criminal matter, reasonable precautions must be taken to prevent discussion of the student sexual offending between those involved in the alleged student sexual offending (including any other students who may have witnessed the student sexual offending).

    A staff member should be allocated to remain with each student involved in separate rooms and until advice is sought from Victoria Police.