February 10, 2014

Violent Parents Lead to Calls for Security Cameras in Schools

School Principals in Victoria are calling for more security cameras in schools to help stem the increase in verbal and physical attacks from parents on teachers. 

The Australian Principals Federation says there has been a significant increase in incidents of verbal abuse and physical assaults in primary and secondary schools from violent parents.

Research from Monash University backs this trend, revealing that one in five Principals in Australia has fallen victim to physical assault by a parent and one in three has been threatened or verbally abused. The Federation believes cameras in certain locations in schools will act as a deterrent.

Training staff to de-escalate situations and manage conflict has been shown to increase confidence and help to reduce the number and severity of incidents.

How can training help staff to manage violence?