Safety for International Students is a huge topic and the English Australia ‘Guide to Best Practice in International Student Safety’ covers many important areas from working with vulnerable cohorts to cyber bullying to water safety. The Guide can help international education institutions create a safe space for their students, giving them an even better experience.
As well as sections on specific safety issues, the Guide contains practical information and templates on how international education institutions can approach managing student safety. Areas such as: creating a safety plan, working with third parties and critical incidents are all included. We hope that this Guide makes it easier for international education institutions to meet any challenges that arise in student safety.
Supporting this information are numerous examples and case studies taken from ELICOS colleges and scrutinised by the Guide’s steering committee, consisting of professionals from English Australia member colleges. The Guide highlights practical examples of what best practice looks like in international student safety.
Building on English Australia’s 2017 publication of a Guide to Best Practice in International Student Mental Health, the Guide to Best Practice in International Student Safety gives ELICOS colleges another tool to ensure the mental and physical well-being of their students is supported.
‘Student safety is an absolute priority for the English language teaching sector of international education’, said English Australia’s CEO, Brett Blacker, ‘this Guide highlights the fantastic programs and practices that our colleges use to make students feel safe and secure while studying in Australia’.
Australia’s high rating in personal safety and security is one of the reasons why many international students choose to study here. By developing this Guide, English Australia wants to see this reason reaffirmed as international students continue to select Australia as their study destination.
Brett Blacker said, ‘with the Minister for Education, the Hon. Dan Tehan, expanding a national consultation on international student mental health in June 2019 to include physical safety, we believe that our Guide reinforces the student-centred approach that our English language colleges take’.