Activity Introduction

Quick summary: In this factsheet, you will learn what to do when a student is crossing sexual or personal boundaries with a staff member.

Audience: Teachers, school leaders and wellbeing staff.

Related online course: Teaching Consent To Children

Related education package: eSafety for Kids

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Factsheet: What to do when a student is crossing sexual or personal boundaries with a staff member

Immediate Action

Teachers and school staff are entitled to a workplace free from harassment. It is important to immediately and respectfully deter the student's actions and report them to the school leadership team. You may also contact an education union for legal support.


Schools have an obligation to deal with sexual harassment and all other forms of abuse involving students or staff.

Anyone over 16 years of age is considered an ‘adult student’, which means they can be held responsible for sexually harassing a staff member. If the student is aged under 16, it won't be considered a legal issue, but it should still be addressed and responded to seriously. It is never okay for someone to be harrassed or to have their boundaries crossed, regardless of the ages of the people involved. Just as with any victim of sexual assault, a staff member may be confused or upset

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