Foreword

The Education Review Office (ERO) is an independent government department that reviews the performance of New Zealand’s schools and early childhood services, and reports publicly on what it finds.

The whakataukī of ERO demonstrates the importance we place on the educational achievement of our children and young people:

Ko te Tamaiti te Pūtake o te Kaupapa

The Child – the Heart of the Matter

In our daily work we have the privilege of going into early childhood services and schools, giving us a current picture of what is happening throughout the country. We collate and analyse this information so that it can be used to benefit the education sector and, therefore, the children in our education system. ERO’s reports contribute sound information for work undertaken to support the Government’s policies.

In 2013 ERO evaluated schools’ approaches to ensuring student safety when recruiting and managing staff. This report presents the findings of that evaluation. It was initiated by ERO following recent cases where board employment practices had created risk for children.

This ERO report shows that some schools need to increase their commitment to students’ safety when employing and managing staff, and education agencies need to actively support schools in this focus. The report includes recommendations for schools and education agencies, as well as surveys and self-review tools that schools may find useful.

Successful delivery in education relies on many people and organisations across the community working together for the benefit of children and young people. We trust the information in ERO’s evaluations will help them in their work.

Rob McIntosh

Chief Review Officer (Acting)