School Security

Version Number

2.1

Implementation Date

19/09/2013

Scope

Department-wide

Purpose

Identifies responsibilities and recommended strategies regarding security management of physical assets in schools. Responds to Departments overall risk management strategy. All state schools and other Department of Education, Training and Employment sites, students, staff and members of these school communities are affected.​

Overview

​The Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) is committed to providing a safe, secure and supportive learning environment for its students and school community. This commitment includes welfare of staff and students and protection of property, resources and information.

Security-related incidents can involve significant consequences and impact school operations and ultimately, learning outcomes. It is therefore critical that school communities identify and manage risks in an efficient manner. DETE will provide schools with advice and support to achieve best practice in security management, with solutions that are innovative, suit the diverse needs of schools and can function within operational, financial and policy constraints.

School Security focuses on increasing the ability of the physical asset to restrict or reduce crime.  See Key Principles for further information.

Responsibilities

Infrastructure Services Branch:

  • develop and implement procedures, policies, strategies and guidelines

Regions:

  • ensure schools implement policy, guidelines and procedures and report security issues to the DETE School Security Program

Principals:

Process

Infrastructure Services Branch:

  • develop and operate service level agreement with State Government Protective Security Service
  • develop and maintain partnerships with agencies/business units such as Queensland Police Service and State Government Protective Security Service that deliver security benefits to schools
  • provide services such as alarm system monitoring, alarm responding and security patrols
  • manage delivery of services provided under the School Security Program
  • develop an annual budget submission for school security.

Regions:

  • develop regional partnerships with agencies/business units such as Queensland Police Service and State Government Protective Security Services that deliver security benefits to schools.

Principals:

  • conduct and document a security risk assessment every two years, with additional assessments as required
  • implement security risk management strategies to address identified risks and include these strategies as part of school's annual facilities planning
  • review strategies each year to ensure school objectives are being met and value for money is achieved
  • develop and distribute school security protocols and procedures (as appropriate).
  • day-to-day security management
  • ensure school is fully secured (including all access gates) after hours
  • develop a school culture of awareness of security issues, including reporting of suspicious behaviour or potential unauthorised persons on site
  • ensure school has a nominated officer to manage all security issues
  • consult with relevant School Security Advisor prior to installing security surveillance equipment
  • ensure that DETE Security Design Requirements are used for all new alarm systems, closed circuit television and physical security upgrades
  • complete an End of Term Security Checklist
  • engage security providers and contractors only after consultation with a School Security Advisor and in accordance with School Security Handbook

Personal security:

  • develop systems and processes to ensure that students and staff are protected from harm from unauthorised persons on site
  • ensure that school staff do not place themselves at risk by attending to after hours security incidents, unless to meet alarm responding agent or repair contractor on site. Alarm responding agents should be restricted to licensed security providers and/or Queensland Police Service
  • develop procedures to assist with personal security for staff working outside of normal school hours, such as cleaners and other staff working late.

Online Resources

Review Date

20/04/2013
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