National Child Protection Week 3-9 September: ‘Stronger Communities, Safer Children’

This Sunday marks the start of National Child Protection Week, which is coordinated by National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN), with the support of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.  Since 1987, NAPCAN has made a significant contribution to the safety and wellbeing of Australia’s children and young people by raising public awareness of the societal […]

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The Royal Commission and ADF Cadets: incorrect policies and procedures and disciplinary culture are lessons for schools

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) recently released the report of Case Study 40 entitled: ‘The response of the Australian Defence Force to allegations of child sexual abuse’ (the Report).  Schools may well be asking, ‘what does a report regarding the Australian Defence Force (ADF) allegations of child sexual abuse […]

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Reforms to the ASA Data Retention Schedule: Insights for schools on records management

Knowing what records to keep, how to keep them and for how long, is a tricky business for schools to master.  With a raft of legislation, such as the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), dictating how to handle/protect certain types of information and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) recommendations saying there […]

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August 31: School Governance weekly school wrap

AUSTRALIA Adelaide school bans students from ordering UberEATS 9 News reported about an Adelaide school banning students from ordering lunches using UberEATS app.  The school issued a warning to parents, warning them of significant safety risks for their children to leave school grounds and have contact with adults that have not had proper screening. Private schools […]

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The connection between falling male teacher numbers and fear of student contact

Over the last three decades, the number of male primary school teachers across Australia has been decreasing.  According to new research conducted by Dr Vaughan Cruickshank of the University of Tasmania, there has been a decrease in male teachers, from 30.24% in 1983 to 18.26% in 2016, which is an overall drop of 12% of all male primary […]

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The Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission – Reporting processes for non-government schools in 2017

The Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC) has recently announced its new 2017 Reporting Requirements for all registered charities. The requirement to report annually applies to all non-government schools that are registered with the ACNC as a charity.  As most schools would be aware by now, failure to provide an Annual Information Statement […]

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Interesting findings from recent Royal Commission research reports

Over the last year, School Governance has been keeping a close eye on the recommendations and findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission). Recently, the Royal Commission released two reports about the reliability of data held by reporting bodies and the Police in various Australian jurisdictions.  The two Royal Commission […]

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August 24: School Governance weekly school wrap

AUSTRALIA Students studied incorrect maths HSC syllabus for seven months ABC News reported about how students at a school in regional NSW were taught the incorrect HSC Math syllabus for seven months, leaving them only two months to prepare for this year’s HSC exams.  Students and their parents were reportedly distressed after being told they would have […]

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Royal Commission recommends overhaul of the criminal justice system: How will your school be affected?

To commence the week beginning 14 August 2017, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse published its final recommendations on criminal justice in Australia, following years of research, round-tables, hearings and consultations examining issues in the criminal justice system in relation to institutional child sexual abuse. Clocking in at just over 2000 […]

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Boarding Webinar: Frequently Asked Questions about balancing risk management and student care

Just as education has progressed immensely, so too have boarding houses and the facilities associated with them. However, while there has been an ongoing trend of schools trying to improve their approach to safety and child protection, boarding schools have been identified as being among the highest risk of any educational environment in terms of their cumulative […]

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