Curriculum Activity Risk Assessment (CARA) School-wide CARA process Purpose and implications The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 outlines the responsibilities to ensure the safety of all those at a workplace as: person conducting a business undertaking (PCBU) (e.g. Department of Education) who has the primary duty of care to ensure the health and safety of workers, including contractors and volunteers, and all other persons at the workplace officers (e.g. the Director General), who must exercise due diligence to ensure that the business complies with the Act and Regulations
Purpose and implications continued workers (e.g. principals, school leaders, teachers, teacher aides, pre-service teachers, parents, contractors and volunteers) who must: o avoid placing themselves or others at risk o comply with all reasonable instructions to ensure safety (e.g. wearing personal protective clothing) others (e.g. visitors) who must: o take reasonable care of their own safety and the safety of others who may be affected by their actions o comply with reasonable instructions of the PCBU. Duty of Care
Under common law, those responsible for curriculum activities must take reasonable steps to avoid foreseeable risks of injury including, but not limited to: ensuring activities are safe and appropriate for students ages and abilities ensuring students are properly instructed and prepared for the activities ensuring all equipment is in a safe condition providing adequate supervision. Planning curriculum activities Risk assessment is paramount when planning curriculum activities that are part of the delivery of the curriculum.
When planning to include an activity in the curriculum, schools must document their risk assessment and management strategies as part of curriculum planning processes. When planning a unit of work, teachers should collaboratively identify the inherent risk levels of any activity that will be conducted during the unit and subsequently identify any control measures that will be required to keep students safe. The inherent risk level will determine the degree of planning and approval required. Approving curriculum activities conducted on site Low
Inherent approval within unit planning Medium Inherent approval within unit planning (school-based decision whether recorded in OneSchool)
High Principal or delegate (insert name of delegate here) approval is required Extreme Principal (insert name) approval is required No additional
No additional Parent Parent approval or approval or documented documented consent is required consent is required consent is strongly consent is required recommended Approving curriculum activities conducted off site Low
Medium High Extreme Principal (insert name) approval is required. Parent documented consent is required. School excursions and international school study tours procedure. Excursion Planner in OneSchool.
Documenting CARA records Low risk activities (insert school-based decision) Medium risk activities (insert school-based decision on the documentation required) Documenting CARA records High risk activities: Complete a CARA record in OneSchool. Extreme risk activities: Complete a CARA record in OneSchool after discussion with the principal on the necessity of the
activity to curriculum delivery Reviewing curriculum activities to improve safety standards During the activity Continually assess risks and hazards Adjust control measures Cease the activity if risks or hazards endanger participants
Report all injuries, illnesses and incidents as per school procedures Review the hazards, risks and control measures on the CARA record to improve future planning After the activity
CARA activity guidelines CARA activity guidelines are updated regularly Further information The Managing risks in school curriculum activities procedure on the Department of Educations Policy and Procedure Register. The CARA webpage on the Department of Educations website. Suggestions, feedback or questions, speak to your supervisor or email [email protected]
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