Enterprise Risk in Schools (Part One)

School staff often do not see the value in enterprise risk management (ERM) as their experience of undertaking risk assessments has been coloured by having to use the Work Health and Safety – type methodology. When schools do turn their attention to ERM and developing an enterprise risk register there is potential for a lot of ‘baggage’. This two part series explores ERM in a school context, why it is important and some key concepts and suggestions to make it easier to understand and implement.

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Preventing Child Abuse in Recreation Activities: Scouts Australia and the Recommendations of the Royal Commission

Scouts Australia, the lead representative organisation for all state and territory Scout Associations, has been subject to two case studies from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission). As a large, national sporting and recreational body, Scouts Australia’s response to the Royal Commission is an interesting template for other organisations who have interstate obligations.

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July 19: School Governance Weekly Wrap

AUSTRALIA Kys: bullying’s terrifying new shorthand The Australian has reported that cyberbullying and bullying in general has received a new level of attention after the use of the shortened acronym Kys (“kill yourself”). Government statistics show cyberbullying, which often occurs in tandem with real-world bullying, is on the rise. Cyberbullies can be prosecuted under various state […]

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School Policy Implementation – A Journey or a Destination? (Part Two)

The ever increasing number and complexity of school policies that are mandated by law, regulation and school authorities presents an ongoing challenge to school leaders. This two part series explores the myths of policy management and provides practical considerations for a school to consider. Part one highlighted the myths of policy management and implementation, and proposed some key measurements for a school to determine its success in implementing its policies. Part two will provide practical considerations for a school to consider in improving the implementation of its policies and procedures framework.

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Listening Devices and Surveillance: The Fine Line Between Student Safety and Teacher Privacy

A recent case in the United States of a mother secretly recording her child’s teacher through a tape recorder on the child’s backpack raises questions of how similar listening devices would be governed under surveillance laws in Australia. To provide a safe and secure environment for students, it may be necessary at times to record conversations, however it is essential that schools understand the compliance and privacy obligations associated with this risk.

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July 12: School Governance Weekly Wrap

AUSTRALIA National Redress Scheme has commenced In a Media Release from the Australian Government, it was announced that the Department of Education and Training has joined the National Redress Scheme. The National Redress Scheme provides acknowledgement and support to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse and was created in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional […]

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Religious Confessions and Child Protection Reporting (Part One)

Upcoming and proposed changes to child protection laws could bring the mandatory reporting expectations of the clergy in line with those of teachers, medical professionals and others in positions of authority. However, the legal requirements associated with child abuse disclosures made during religious confession still vary between jurisdictions.

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