20 March, 2020 –
Today marks the 10th National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence, recognising the tremendous work of schools & communities, all year round, to build supportive learning environments and foster respectful relationships, at school, and beyond.
There is no place for bullying in our schools.
Every student has a right to feel safe and supported when they walk through the school gates.
Any situation which threatens a student’s safety or wellbeing is treated extremely seriously and should be dealt with as a matter of priority.
I would encourage any student or parent with concerns, to talk directly to the principal.
Queensland is leading the nation in tackling this insidious community issue.
The Palaszczuk Government has committed $3.5 million to implement the recommendations of the Anti-Cyberbullying Taskforce – the first of its kind in Australia. This includes $1 million for schools, including partnering with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation and Dolly’s Dream Foundation to implement eSmart Schools Program in Queensland schools.
A specialist Bullying Response team of senior officers are in place to respond immediately to referrals for urgent advice and support to families affected by bullying.
All students should be able to attend their local state school and learn alongside their peers free from bullying.