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  • The Department of Education can provide advice to  principals and teachers on their legal responsibilities when caring for students.
  • Such advice  does not contain directions about how staff are to carry out their functions in such a way that will ensure that they will not later be found legally liable on the grounds that they were negligent. No set of 'guidelines' could ever hope to accomplish this: there is no exhaustive list of ready-made answers which will enable staff to avoid all situations where they may face liability at law.
  • Nevertheless, teachers have little to fear if they carry out duties in a responsible manner, exhibiting the level of professional knowledge and skill expected of a teacher to look after children and protect them from harm and dangers which can be foreseen.
  • Principals and all staff should contact the Legal Services Unit by email  or phone (03) 6233 5052 for further information and advice in all legal matters.