Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia publishes new resource

13 February 2017

A new resource for WA teachers about professional boundaries in teacher-student relationships has been published by the Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia.

Board Chair Audrey Jackson AM said the new Teacher-Student Professional Boundaries – A Resource for WA Teachers provides information about professional boundaries between teachers and students.

“This resource for WA teachers, developed in consultation with key stakeholders, has been developed to assist teachers to be better informed about the professional boundaries they should observe in their dealings with students. It is designed to raise awareness of issues and situations that may occur, prompt reflective behaviour and provide some guidance,” Mrs Jackson said.

Keeping the best interests of children at the forefront of all activities, the resource is intended to contribute to the continuing goal of making all schools in Western Australia as child safe as possible.

It is intended to complement teachers’ duty of care to students, and be used in conjunction with their employer’s Code of Conduct and other resources made available to them by their employer. It may also provide useful information to employers of registered teachers, parents and the broader community, and may assist employers in providing guidance and mentoring teachers who are new to the profession.

The new Professional Boundaries – A Resource for WA Teachers can be found at www.trb.wa.gov.au

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