What is the safest place to be when you’re on your own?
A survey has found most Australian schools are safe when students are in their own home.
The Australian Financial Commission has released its latest Home Safety Report, which looks at the most common home safety risks, and recommends schools should be “a place where students can be confident they are safe”.
A study of almost 2,000 schools across Australia found schools were “a good place to start if you are worried about your child’s safety”.
The report found that:Most schools are located on school grounds, or have buildings in a rural location.
Students in some schools have the ability to use the main hall, but are not allowed to go outside the school for the day.
They have to use their own rooms.
They are usually in their homes and can use their cellphones in their rooms, but they have to lock them down and keep them locked up.
The majority of students use their desks or chairs in their home, and only students in certain classes can be locked out of their rooms.
The report said students in the most vulnerable categories – children who have asthma, people with learning disabilities and those with mental health issues – were “the most likely to experience home safety issues”.
“Many students have a range of challenges including isolation, lack of sleep, lack a good home environment, lack the ability and time to use all the facilities in their dwelling, and lack the skills to access safe spaces and facilities,” it said.
“While some may not be aware of the dangers associated with being on your home, they can have a lot to lose.”
Students were found to be the most likely group to have experienced home safety problems.
They were most likely when they were in their school rooms, when they slept in their classroom or in their bedrooms, when school was in session, or during school hours.
“The most significant risk that students are experiencing is isolation, which is something that most students struggle with in school, and this is the risk they are experiencing the most,” the report said.
Students were also more likely to report having issues with their personal safety in their classrooms.
They had “fewer positive safety messages” about personal safety and “few safe spaces” available in classrooms.
“They are often the ones who are the most isolated in their classes,” the AFC report said, with “few other peers in the class and little support or support groups to help students who have anxiety, depression or other mental health problems”.
The AFC study found most schools were able to meet their “safety needs” by “keeping the school and community safe”, but said this was not enough.
It said “most” schools could meet their needs by “working to ensure that schools have appropriate safety plans and are compliant with safety regulations”.
However, “the lack of support for students with mental illness and social exclusion, which many schools do not adequately address, may increase the risk of mental health and social issues.”
The report also found most school buildings had limited “access to emergency facilities”, including mental health facilities, and there was a “dramatic increase in the number of children without access to these facilities”.
“The risk of injury and death for students is high in the classroom, where students are often isolated and in a high-stress environment,” it found.
“While schools should ensure students are safe in their class, students should also be able to safely and safely leave their classrooms to go to a safe space or school facilities.”
The AFA also noted a lack of “safe spaces” for students to go “in their own vehicles” when travelling.
“This is where most students spend most of their time,” it warned.
The AFT has urged schools to make “a home safe” mantra a “living rule” and encourage students to “share a safe room, lock up your cellphones and lock down your computer and other devices”.
It said it would also like to see “more of a commitment to making your classroom a safe place” and make “safeguards” to help children who need help.