National Apology

Federal Government Responds to the Royal Commission’s Recommendations and Offers National Apology

On 13 June the Federal Government announced its response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) and also announced a national apology the survivors, victims and families of institutional child sexual abuse to be delivered on 22 October to coincide with National Children’s Week (19-28 October). In a press conference Prime Minister Turnbull announced: the creation of a national office for child safety commencing on 1 July, the development of a Commonwealth child safety framework and the nationalisation of child safety checks. This significant response from the Federal Government comes as all states and territories except Western Australia have signed up to the national redress scheme for survivors, allowing the provision of compensation, counselling and personal apologies to abuse survivors.

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Effective Permission Slips: Part Two

Every school probably has a room somewhere where boxes of permission slips are stored. Mostly the slips contain the signature of a parent agreeing to allow the child to attend an excursion or activity. Unfortunately in most instances the box probably doesn’t contain the information that was on the rest of the note that went home which set out what the activity was and what the parent had agreed to.

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Significant New Child Protection Legal Reform Proposed in NSW: Schools Must Reduce or Remove the Risk of Child Abuse

The introduction of a new Bill in NSW Parliament proposing to significantly amend the Crimes Act 1900 NSW signals that the NSW Government is finally catching up to Victoria and other states in getting serious on child protection legal reform. Amongst other proposed changes are the creation of an offence of failing to reduce or remove the risk of child abuse and new grooming offences. If passed, these reforms will require organisations engaging in child related work to, at a minimum, update their child protection policies and procedures to comply with the new laws and, in further steps of good governance, provide serious motivation to adopt the NSW Principles for Child-Safe Organisations and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission),10 Child Safe Standards. The introduction of the Bill before the Federal Government’s response to the Royal Commission is also timely.

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July 24: School Governance weekly news wrap

Australia Directors of collapsed Mowbray College pursued in court action.  35 directors of Mowbray College, which collapsed in 2012, are being pursued by the liquidators of the school. According to the Sun Herald, families who paid fees are still awaiting money owed to them. The liquidators have initiated a court […]

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