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Last year, public primary special needs schools in New South Wales reached out to the police a staggering 860 times, highlighting concerns over the level of support and funding required to manage at-risk students. The majority of these calls were driven by welfare concerns and criminal activities, shedding light on the challenges faced by schools dealing with vulnerable children.

Data revealed by ABC News under freedom of information laws revealed that out of the 860 calls made, a significant portion were related to welfare concerns, including issues such as children’s behavior, child protection, custody problems, and self-harm incidents. Additionally, over 100 calls were made regarding criminal activities, such as bomb threats, extremist behavior, theft, and property damage.

The National Children’s Commissioner, Anne Hollonds, emphasized the urgent need for alternative support options to address the difficult behaviors schools are struggling to manage effectively. Violent incidents and crimes on school campuses have been on the rise over the past five years, with assaults and sexual offenses showing an alarming increase.

Education Minister Prue Car introduced a new student behavior policy aimed at enhancing student and staff well-being while curbing unsafe behavior in schools. The push for increased funding and support for schools dealing with complex issues and at-risk students remains a critical priority to ensure a safe and conducive learning environment for all.


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Article Title: Police called by NSW public primary and special needs schools more than 860 times last year
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