The Education Act Section 9A-4 (Obligation to act in order to ensure pupils a good psychosocial environment), states: “Everyone working at the school must keep an eye on the pupils to ensure they have a good psychosocial school environment, and if possible, intervene against violations such as bullying, violence, discrimination and harassment. (…) Everyone working at the school must inform the head teacher if they suspect or find out that a pupil does not have a good psychosocial school environment”.
The obligation to act consists of five subsections:
Obligation to pay attention (Investigate and observe to gather information on what occurred.)
- Have conversations with the pupils involved to better understand what happened, and support everyone involved.
- Obligation to intervene
- Obligation to notify the school management (principal)
- Obligation to investigate (investigate and observe to gather information on what occurred.)
- Obligation to implement measures (make a plan of action)
The school must create a written plan when measures are to be implemented in a case. The plan must describe:
- what problem the measures are to solve
- what measures the school has planned
- when the measures will be implemented
- who is responsible for implementation of the measures
- when the measures will be evaluated.
The school must document what will be done to comply with the obligation to act.
You MUST abide by The Education Act Chapter 9A if you receive information or suspect someone is exposed (by other pupils) to, or exposes other pupils to problematic or harmful sexual behaviour.