This course is designed for Health & Safety Representatives, Sub-branch leaders and activists.
An area of significant concern for the Union and its members is ensuring a safe environment for educators to perform their duties. On a daily basis AEU Members educate & support children and young adults who have a host of complex behavioural needs, and this often results in educators facing incidents of physical and verbal abuse as they undertake their duties.
On the 18th September, we are running a special industrial relations training event on how to ensure your work environment is safe. This course is grounded in practical industrial strategies on how to exercise your rights both as an individual member but also collectively at AEU sub branch level.
8.45 – 9am: Registration and course administration
9 - 9.15am: Discussion: What issues are you facing around behaviour management and student and staff safety?
9.15 - 11am: Session 1: Janet Marshall (AEU Victoria): Occupational Violence in Schools: Health and Safety legislation and our right to a safe workplace
This session will give participants a comprehensive understanding of the rights of educators to a safe workplace. It will outline the range of avenues we can pursue when we encounter violence in the workplace. By the end of the session, participants will know the operative elements of our enterprise agreements, the Workplace Safety Act (2011) and other relevant legislation, policies and procedures. Additionally, participants will know how to use these instruments to afford them protection in the event of incidents of physical or verbal violence at work. The session will be run by Janet Marshall from the Victorian Branch of the Australian Education Union.
11 - 11.30am: Morning Tea
11:30 - 12.45: Session 2 - Skills for safer schools
Participants will move through a series of practical exercises to build skills and confidence in drawing on the powers outlined in Session 1:
- Analysing safety risks deriving from student behaviour
- Consulting with colleagues, allies and agents
- Negotiating a solution
- Delivering the solution, follow-up and escalation
12.45 - 1pm: Discussion - Taking it back to my school
1 - 1.45pm: Lunch
1.45 - 3pm: Session 3 - Policy forum, Ensuring our schools are both safe and inclusive
Our mission in public education is to deliver highly inclusive learning environments in which everybody, students and staff, are safe and feel safe. This discussion will give participants an opportunity to reflect on best practice and appropriate policy settings at a school and system level. The outcome will be a set of actions in relation to sharing best practice between schools, enhancing AEU policy and influencing ACT Government policy.
Paid industrial leave is available for this course. We aspire to have a member from every sub-branch in attendance. If more than one member from your sub-branch would like to attend, please contact us. Find information on taking industrial leave here www.aeuact.org.au/industrial_leave. Please contact the AEU Office (6272 7900 firstname.lastname@example.org) if you require support in this regard.
Some free parking will be available at 40 Brisbane Avenue. In cases where participants need to use the adjacent paid parking, you will be reimbursed by the AEU.
40 Brisbane Ave
Barton, ACT 2600
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