Promoting students’ safety and wellbeing : Ethical practice in schools

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Graham, Anne, Canosa, Antonia, Boyle, Tess, Moore, Tim, Taylor, Nicola, Anderson, Donnah and Robinson, Sally. (2022). Promoting students’ safety and wellbeing : Ethical practice in schools. The Australian Educational Researcher. 50, p. 1477–1496. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13384-022-00567-8
AuthorsGraham, Anne, Canosa, Antonia, Boyle, Tess, Moore, Tim, Taylor, Nicola, Anderson, Donnah and Robinson, Sally
Abstract

Although ‘child safety’ is now a national policy priority in Australia, there is little research exploring the practices in schools that contribute to children and young people’s felt sense of safety and wellbeing. Drawing on a mixed-method Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery project, this article presents findings from interviews with school staff (N = 10), leaders (N = 5) and nine focus groups with students (N = 58), in primary and secondary schools in three Australian states (New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia). We employ relational ethics, recognition theory and the theory of practice architectures to explore practices at school that support student wellbeing and safety. The findings contribute significantly to understanding the ‘bundled’ nature of current practices and the conditions that enable and constrain these. Close attention to these findings is critical as schools seek to operationalise the National Child Safe Principles and refine ongoing safeguarding procedures. The findings have informed the development of an online survey that is currently testing, on a much larger scale, which elements of ethical practice are most positively associated with students’ safety, wellbeing and recognition at school.

Keywordsschools; students; safety; wellbeing; ethics; practices
Year2022
JournalThe Australian Educational Researcher
Journal citation50, p. 1477–1496
PublisherSpringer
ISSN0311-6999
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/s13384-022-00567-8
PubMed ID36061956
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85137080744
PubMed Central IDPMC9427083
Web address (URL)https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13384-022-00567-8#citeas
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range1477–1496
FunderAustralian Research Council (ARC)
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Output statusPublished
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Online30 Aug 2022
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Accepted08 Aug 2022
Deposited24 Jul 2023
ARC Funded ResearchThis output has been funded, wholly or partially, under the Australian Research Council Act 2001
Grant IDDP180100465
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