Traumatic Incident Management Support Programme
All AISA member schools work hard to ensure that they provide a safe, nurturing environment for their students. However, from time to time, there are incidents that occur within the locale of our schools that are outside of the schools control, but which can adversely affect our school communities. Traumatic incidents in AISA schools can be broadly defined as events that:
Attract media attention or a public profile for the school as a result of these incidents.
(Examples of traumatic incidents may include; terrorist attack, coup d’etat, civil unrest, war, communicable disease outbreak, natural disaster).
AISA is available to work closely with the impacted school(s) to manage the incident and to reduce the possibility of further harm by assisting the school to continue its day-to-day operations, providing counselling support and training opportunities for staff to develop a school-based Traumatic Incident Plan.
Ideally schools should develop a Traumatic Incident Plan before an incident occurs. Through its network of traumatic incident consultants AISA can assist schools with the preparation of policies and traumatic incident planning. AISA can also provide access to funds to have counsellors travel to schools where incidents have occurred in order to offer counselling to children, staff and parents.
AISA will take the following steps to support schools in the development of a school-based Traumatic Incident Plan.