Children with AD/HD: Best Practices for Promoting Positive Behaviour

October is AD/HD Awareness Month in Australia. The mission of AD/HD Awareness Month is to educate the public about AD/HD by disseminating reliable information based on research and scientific evidence. This year, the theme is “Setting the record straight”. In order to help School Governance set the record straight on AD/HD, ADHD Australia outlines the best practices for teachers and schools in promoting positive behaviour in their students.

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World Mental Health Day (Part Two): Self-harm Explained

World Mental Health Day (10 October 2018) was a worldwide initiative dedicated to global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. This year’s theme, “Do you see what I see?” challenged perceptions about mental illness in Australia and encouraged everyone to look at mental health in a more positive light, in an effort to reduce stigma and make way for more people to seek the help and support they deserve. Part One encouraged teachers and students to look at mental health in their schools, and headspace outlined common indicators of self-harm in schools. Part Two explains the self-harm cycle and how teachers and schools can respond.

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October 18: School Governance Weekly Wrap

AUSTRALIA WorkSafe Launches Action Against Australian Capital Territory Government Over School Assaults According to The Age, Worksafe ACT has taken action against the ACT Government after a two-year investigation into violence in public schools found it had failed in its duty of care to staff. Work Safety commissioner Greg Jones revealed it had slapped an enforceable […]

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World Mental Health Day (Part One): Self-harm Explained

World Mental Health Day (10 October 2018) is a worldwide initiative dedicated to global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. This year’s theme, “Do you see what I see?” challenges perceptions about mental illness in Australia and encourages everyone to look at mental health in a more positive light, in an effort to reduce stigma and make way for more people to seek the help and support they deserve.

Part One encourages teachers and students to look at mental health in their schools, and headspace has outlined common indicators of self-harm in schools.

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Governance of a School: Misuse, Mismanagement and Funding

A recent Ombudsman review of a Victorian public school, based on three protected disclosures, investigated allegations of nepotism, conflicts of interest and financial mismanagement. The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, also released its final report on the effectiveness of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission legislation, concluding that public expectations of the not-for-profit and charity sector were of transparency, accountability and good governance. What both of these reports have in common is an expectation for schools, as not-for-profit organisations and/or charities, to prioritise good governance and minimise conflicts or perceived conflicts of interest within the management of their school.

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October 11: School Governance Weekly Wrap

AUSTRALIA Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Reports Suicides Remain Lead Cause of Death in Young People – headspace Encourages the Education Sector to Consider the Impact of Suicides in Schools Head of headspace in Schools, Kristen Douglas, has commented on the release of the 2017 ABS statistics on causes of death. headspace has also written an article […]

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Addressing Liability for Institutional Child Abuse (Part Two)

This is the second part of a two-part series exploring the responses from the states and territories to the Redress and Civil Litigation Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and the current legislative developments reinforcing the Royal Commission’s recommendations. Part One addressed limitation periods generally and the proposed reforms by the Northern Territory in relation to institutional liability and a non-delegable reverse onus duty of care. Part Two addresses specific legislation from South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory to implement removal of limitation periods and institutional liability respectively.

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South Australia Child Protection Framework Starts: What are Your New Obligations?

On 22 October 2018, all schools in South Australia will need to comply with the new child protection framework, consisting of three new Acts and three new Regulations. To make matters more complex, the current Child Protection Act 1993 (SA) will be phased out gradually to enable the new framework to commence in parts. Schools should be aware that, in the first part of commencement of the framework, there are new definitions of “children at risk” and “harm”, as well as additional neglect and grooming offences, resulting in increased obligations for mandatory reporting for all teachers, employees and volunteers at the school.

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