Victorian Commission for Children and Young People Updates Child Safe Organisation Guide to Reflect Royal Commission

Last week the Victorian Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) released a new version of the Guide for Creating a Child Safe Organisation. The Guide has been updated to reflect learnings from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and provides increased guidance for organisations in implementing the Victorian Child Safe Standards.

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June 27: School Governance Weekly Wrap

AUSTRALIA Tasmania’s Catholic Church rejects mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse by priests The ABC News reported that the Catholic Archbishop of Hobart has rejected the Tasmanian Government’s moves to force priests to report child sexual abuse revealed in confession, or risk criminal charges. Attorney-General Elise Archer tabled Tasmania’s initial response to the final report of the […]

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Registration Authorities Under Scrutiny: What Do They Expect and How Does This Impact Schools?

To be registered and maintain registration, schools are required to continuously comply with certain regulatory requirements, which vary by jurisdiction, school sector and school type. School registration authorities differ in how they manage school registration and their expected evidence of compliance, but they may collectively be taking on a more active role in response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission.

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Human Resources Firm Security Incident Exposes Data From Coles, Telstra, CBA and More: Is Your School at Risk of a Data Breach?

It has been just under four months since the commencement of the Notifiable Data Breach Scheme. With the release of the first quarterly report on data breach notifications, and another high-profile security incident being disclosed by an HR company, it is a good time for schools to reassess their privacy and cyber security framework to determine whether they are doing enough to secure the privacy of students, staff and others.

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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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