A person under 18 years of age.
Child in need of protection
A child in need of protection, as defined in s.10 of the Child Protection Act 1999, is a child who –
- has suffered significant harm, is suffering significant harm, or is at unacceptable risk of suffering significant harm and
- may not have a parent able and willing to protect the child from the harm.
A colleague, as defined in s.13H(2) of the Child Protection Act 1999, is a person working in or for the same entity as the person.
Corrupt conduct, as defined in ss. 14-15 of the Crime and Corruption Act 2001, is conduct that –
- adversely affects, or could adversely affect, directly or indirectly, the performance of functions or the exercise of powers of a unit of public administration or a person holding an appointment
- results, or could result, directly or indirectly, in the performance of functions or the exercise of powers in a way that is not honest or is not impartial; or involves a breach of the trust placed in a person holding an appointment, either knowingly or recklessly; or involves a misuse of information or material acquired in or in connection with the performance of functions or the exercise of powers of a person holding an appointment
- is engaged in for the purpose of providing a benefit to the person or another person or causing a detriment to another person and
- would, if proved, be a criminal offence; or a disciplinary breach providing reasonable grounds for terminating the person’s services, if the person is or was the holder of an appointment.
An employee, as defined in s. 364 of the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006, means a person engaged to carry out work at the school for financial reward. This includes:
- school based employees -
principals; teachers; specialist and support staff; members of the administration team; paid employees of the P&C; Youth Support Coordinators
- employees located in central and regional offices who have regular contact with students in a state school
- non-departmental employees -
employees of other departments or services and short-term contractors working on the school site that have regular contact with students; Youth Support Coordinators; School-Based Youth Health Nurses; and Chaplains.
Harm, as defined in s.9 of the Child Protection Act 1999, is any detrimental effect of a significant nature on the child’s physical, psychological or emotional wellbeing. It is immaterial how the harm is caused and may include physical, psychological or emotional abuse, neglect and sexual abuse or exploitation. Harm can also be caused by a single act, omission or circumstance or a series or combination of acts, omissions or circumstances.
To investigate includes: carrying out a systematic or formal inquiry into a student protection matter, including interviewing relevant persons; examining the facts of a student protection report; or making a determination about whether a child is in need of protection.
Refer to s.10 of the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 for the meaning of parent.
Parent able and willing to protect the child from harm
A person may reasonably suspect that a parent is able and willing to protect their child from harm when the person believes the parent has both the ability and the willingness to ensure the safety, wellbeing and best interests of the child. The parent’s ability and willingness may be evident in their statements and direct or indirect actions. (Refer to Student Protection Guideline).
Refers to the principal or officer in charge, from time to time, of a state educational institution.
A reasonable suspicion is a suspicion formed on grounds that are reasonable in the circumstances. The Child Protection Act 1999 (s.13C), also states that -
- a reasonable suspicion may have been informed by observation of the child, other knowledge of the child or any other relevant knowledge, training or experience the person forming the suspicion may have
- matters that may be considered when forming a reasonable suspicion, include: detrimental effects on the child’s body or psychological or emotional state that are evident or likely to become evident in the future; the nature and severity of the detrimental effects and the likelihood they will continue; and the child’s age.
Relevant information, as defined in s.159C of the Child Protection Act 1999, includes information about a child, the child’s family, someone else, a pregnant woman or an unborn child which is given to –
- the chief executive, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services or an authorised officer under the Child Protection Act 1999 or
- a service provider, as defined in s. 159D of the Child Protection Act 1999.
SCAN (Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect) team system
The purpose of the SCAN team system is to enable a coordinated, multi-agency response to children where statutory intervention is required to assess and meet their protection needs. This is achieved by:
- timely information sharing between SCAN team core members
- planning and coordination of actions to assess and respond to the protection needs of children and
- holistic and culturally responsive assessment of children’s protection needs.
School staff member
A school staff member is an individual who is employed by the department and normally performs their daily duties within a school or schools, whether on a temporary, permanent or contract basis.
Harm that requires immediate medical or psychological intervention. Self-harm includes self-inflicted injuries, OR other self-inflicted physical or psychological damage.
Sexual conduct is any behaviour that might reasonably be interpreted as being designed or intended to arouse or gratify sexual desires.
State educational institution
A state educational institution is an institution established under the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006.
A student is any person, regardless of age, who attends a state educational institution, established under ss. 13, 14 or 15 of the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006 (Qld).
For the purposes of this procedure only, the definition of ‘student’ includes a pre-preparatory age child being provided with a pre-preparatory learning program at a prescribed state school (see s 419A of the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006) and a child registered in a distance education pre-preparatory learning program provided by a state school (see s. 419F of the Education (General Provisions) Act 2006).
For the purposes of this procedure, a teacher means an approved teacher under the Education (Queensland College of Teachers) Act 2005 who is employed at a school.
A visitor is any person who visits the school on a one off or regular basis to provide services to the school. This includes any volunteers assisting in the school tuckshop, classrooms or on school excursions or presenters of one-off programs.