Responding to Threatening Persons

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Purpose of this policy

To ensure schools respond appropriately to threats to student and staff safety.

Violence and threats of violence

Situations involving threatened or actual violence in a school environment may require a consideration of the following, depending on the seriousness and urgency of the situation. They include:

  • police intervention
  • engagement of a security firm
  • a trespass notice or warning see: Trespassers
  • application by an individual for an intervention order (under the Family Violence Protection Act 2008) or personal safety intervention order under the Personal Safety Intervention Orders Act 2010
  • making a citizen’s arrest under section 458 of the Crimes Act 1958; however this is not recommended see: Citizen’s Arrest

Violent incidents or threatening behaviour should also be reported to the Department's Incident Support and Operations Centre on 1800 126 126.

Also see: Responding to Intruder Threat: Guildelines for Early Childhood Services and Schools (docx - 694.28kb)

Related policies

Related legislation

  • Family Violence Protection Act2008
  • Crimes Act 1958
  • Personal Safety Intervention OrdersAct 2010
  • Summary Offences Act 1966
  • Stalking Intervention Orders Act 2008