From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.
For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA
Purpose of this policy
To reduce the incidence of suicide among students.
In accordance with the Framework for Student Support Services in Victorian Government Schools, schools must ensure:
- policies and procedures are in place for managing emergencies that threaten the physical and psychological safety of students
- staff are trained to:
- treat all disclosures of intent to self-harm or suicidal thoughts seriously
- follow procedures to respond to disclosures of self-harm or suicidal thoughts.
Suicidal ideation is a medical term used to describe suicidal thoughts or plans.
This table describes the documents that constitute the Framework for Student Support Services.
Local and international research indicates:
- the combination of risk factors that lead to suicide are not predictable
- population based preventative approaches to build resilience in young people are more effective means of suicide prevention than intervention based processes.
- schools should not employ a narrow approach that focuses only on suicide.
In response to this research, suicide awareness and prevention strategy is incorporated into the Framework for Student Support Services in Victorian Government Schools.
See: Student Support Services within
Related policies below
To aid suicide prevention, school curriculums should:
- allow students to develop strong communication and problem solving skills
- incorporate practical training in how to access medical and professional services through:
- networking with other professionals and the local community
- developing a health-promoting framework
- not include suicide specific content.
This table describes how to manage critical incidents.
Advise the principal promptly when they believe a:
- student’s safety is compromised
- student discloses intent to self-harm or suicidal thoughts and refer the student immediately to student support services officers.
Note: If the teacher cannot leave the student to advise the principal they should tell someone else to take a message immediately to the principal.
Manages the process of referral.
In the case of critical incidents (such as sexual assaults and serious physical assaults) promptly notifies the Security Services Unit (phone 9589-6266).
Security Services Unit
Notifies the Regional Emergency Management Coordinator.
Regional Emergency Management Coordinator
- response is timely
- supports are put in place to minimise the impact on the wellbeing of students involved in the incident
- the Student Critical Incident Advisory Unit is contacted, if required, for advice and support in relation to sexual and physical assaults.
Student Critical Incident Advisory Unit
In relation to sexual assaults, sexualised behaviour and child exploitation (including internet based abuse):
- provides advice and support to principals and regional personnel
- monitors progress and management of the incident.
This table describes the documents and websites to assist suicide awareness and prevention.
Health Record Act 2001 prohibits disclosure of a person’s health information to anyone other than the person themselves, for any reason other the one for which it was collected. Exceptions are listed in the act and include:
- the person consents to the disclosure
- disclosure can lesson or prevent a serious threat to a person or the public’s health, safety or welfare
- disclosure is required by law or law enforcement and does not breach confidence.
Health Record Act 2001
Education and Training Reform Act 2006