Keeping Everyone Safe
Preventing Public Disclosures
The thoughtful modelling of respect, care, support and encouragement of others as provided by the Facilitators can create a safe environment that encourages students to share their ideas, thoughts, experiences and step outside of their comfort zone and try new things. Feeling safe and supported can also lead a student to disclose information that they wouldn’t usually share. We need to be mindful of this, and the need to protect that student from inappropriate disclosure, as well as protecting the innocence of others.
Protective Interrupting: If a student begins to disclose information that may harm themselves or others, facilitators must interrupt the student.
For example, ‘What you have to say is very important and I'm glad you have chosen to talk about it. At the moment we’re talking about …., but I will listen to you, maybe at recess. Can you wait until then?’
At the earliest appropriate moment, speak with the child to hear their story, and consult with a senior leading teacher, welfare or guidance officer for support and advice. If you are not comfortable speaking with the child, seek advice first.