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Traumatic Incident Management Support Programme

All AISA member schools work hard to ensure that they provide a safe, nurturing environment for their students. However, from time to time, there are incidents that occur within the locale of our schools that are outside of the schools control, but which can adversely affect our school communities. Traumatic incidents in AISA schools can be broadly defined as events that:

  • cause sudden and/or significant disruption to the operation or effective operation of a school and/or community
  • have the potential to affect a large number of children, young people and/or staff
  • create significant dangers or risks to the physical and emotional well-being of children, young people or persons within a community

Attract media attention or a public profile for the school as a result of these incidents.

  1. AISA will run regular Traumatic Incident Response Plan workshops to enhance the capacity of schools to develop Traumatic Incident Response Plans and Teams.
  2. AISA will encourage the regular review of the Traumatic Incident Response Plan by staff who have been designated as part of the traumatic incidence response team at the school.
  3. AISA will encourage schools to ensure all staff are familiar with the response action plan and know what to do in the event of a traumatic incident.

(Examples of traumatic incidents may include; terrorist attack, coup d’etat, civil unrest, war, communicable disease outbreak, natural disaster).

AISA is available to work closely with the impacted school(s) to manage the incident and to reduce the possibility of further harm by assisting the school to continue its day-to-day operations, providing counselling support and training opportunities for staff to develop a school-based Traumatic Incident Plan.

Ideally schools should develop a Traumatic Incident Plan before an incident occurs. Through its network of traumatic incident consultants AISA can assist schools with the preparation of policies and traumatic incident planning. AISA can also provide access to funds to have counsellors travel to schools where incidents have occurred in order to offer counselling to children, staff and parents.

AISA will take the following steps to support schools in the development of a school-based Traumatic Incident Plan.

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