Safe at school

The Project

There has been little research involving students with cognitive disability about safety and harm in and around their schools. Their perspectives are important in building new ways to support young people to be safe in their school lives.

Project details

We reviewed previous research in this area, and conducted a large review of laws aimed at protecting students’ rights at school.

Students, families, and professionals working in education told us in interviews about things that helped and made it hard for students to be safe.

The project report makes recommendations for future action to better understand harm; address the barriers to keeping students safe; promote personal safety for students with cognitive disability; and uphold students’ legal and human rights.

The project stages

This project was completed in 2014.


Full report…

Summary for students…

Summary for families…

Summary for stakeholders…

Robinson, S. (2018) Safety and harm in school: promoting the perspectives of students with intellectual disability. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs. Early online. doi: 10.1111/1471-3802.12417


Southern Cross University researchers: Sally Robinson

Dominique McGovern

Partners – Australian Centre for Disability Law

Funded by NSW Law and Justice Foundation


You can contact us if you would like to know more about the project or our planned events. Please call or email Sally. Her details are below:

Dr Sally Robinson

Lead Researcher – Disability Research Agenda

Centre for Children and Young People

Southern Cross University

Telephone: 02 6620 3134