Legal Approaches to Social Control in Australian Schools: Old Ideas and New Trends

  • Sally Varnham
  • Joan Squelch


Ensuring education in a safe environment falls inevitably on the school. As societal issues enter Australian schools as those elsewhere, there are many new threats added to the old. While legislation and policy traditionally provide the means to assist schools, questions of safety and security focus increasingly on the parameters of control and responsibility. This chapter considers social control within the frame of safety in Australian schools—from ‘traditional’ school discipline and an investigation of trends towards various forms of surveillance to current initiatives designed to reduce many of the threats to young people. These aim to develop school cultures where respect and responsibility are uppermost and which nurture the human capacity for restitution, resolution, and reconciliation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sally Varnham
    • 1
  • Joan Squelch
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Technology SydneyUltimoAustralia
  2. 2.The University of Notre Dame AustraliaFremantleAustralia

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