Fundamental principles of safe practice

Duty of care


Everyone has a duty of care to ensure the safety and well-being of others. Under this premise, all staff working in schools must demonstrate this duty of care. Where the professional standards of care expected are not met (that is an individual is ‘careless’), and as a result, damage is an outcome (ie harm or injury in physical education, school sport and physical activity [PESSPA] contexts), and the outcome was reasonably foreseeable, it is possible that an allegation of negligence could be pursued.

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