Making schools safe for everyone

The National strategy to address the abuse of teachers, school leaders and other school staff outlines what can and should be done to support the profession to respond to and reduce incidents of abuse.

With the accompanying materials, you can dig deeper into the priority areas of the strategy, and see some of the great work already happening across Australia to make schools safe for everyone.

Get inspired by what others are doing

  • Making schools safe for everyone Engaging parents and carers
  • Making schools safe for everyone Teacher wellbeing
  • Making schools safe for everyone Strong communities

Case studies

Dive deeper into the work already happening across Australian states and territories to make schools safe for everyone. Each case study unpacks the local initiative, how it’s being delivered and next steps.


The ACT Occupational Violence and Complex Case Management Team

The Victorian Department of Education and Training Complex Matters Support Team

The Northern Territory Teacher Wellbeing Strategy

ACPPA Connect: The Australian Catholic Primary Principals Association

Keen to take action? 

Explore our top resource picks below to help you on the journey to make schools safe for everyone, or download a complete resource list below as a convenient Excel file. 

Make schools safe

NT Department of Education

The Northern Territory Teacher Wellbeing Strategy 2019-22 outlines priority areas and actions to improve teacher wellbeing.

The Best Practice Framework for Online Safety Education

This Framework offers an overarching national narrative for online safety education, that supports all education systems and online safety educators across Australia to deliver effective programs and provide consistent advice.

Focus on your wellbeing

Smiling mind  
Smiling Mind is a unique tool developed by psychologists and educators to help bring balance to your life.
Teacher wellbeing
This collection of online resources provides teachers with tools on how to take care of their emotional and physical health and wellbeing. 

Engage with students, parents/carer and the community 

Be You 
Be You is the national mental health in education initiative delivered by Beyond Blue, in collaboration with Early Childhood Australia and headspace. Be You supports educators from early learning services and schools to develop a positive, inclusive and resilient learning community where every child, young person, educator and family can achieve their best possible mental health.  
Catholic School Parents Australia
The Gearing up for Parent Engagement in Student Learning toolkit helps families and schools make the transition into primary and secondary school a great experience for children and young people. The toolkit is comprised of twenty-two modules and this website invites you to access each module online or download a pdf.  

Explore the evidence base 

This Health and Wellbeing Survey is a confidential survey of principals, independent of all employer groups, professional associations and unions. It informs a report which builds a holistic picture of the state of health and wellbeing of principals across Australia.  
This Spotlight report reveals that teachers are more valued by the community than they think, and there is a correlation between how teachers are perceived and student achievement. 

Go further - complete resource list

Download a searchable and sortable list of 55 handpicked resources that can help make schools safe for everyone.  The Excel file makes it convenient to find the resource most relevant to you.