States

NSW

Police Officers in Schools: New NT Program Targets At-Risk Children

The Northern Territory government is introducing a new model of school-based policing to identify at-risk children and improve youth engagement and community safety, putting equivalent programs in other jurisdictions, and the relevant responsibilities of schools, in the spotlight.

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Consultation on New Safeguarding Standards: Catholic Schools Publicly Accountable for Child Safety

Catholic Professional Standards Ltd has released a Consultation Feedback Report on its National Catholic Safeguarding Standards and promises to publish reports on Church authorities who fail compliance audits.

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Queensland

Police Officers in Schools: New NT Program Targets At-Risk Children

The Northern Territory government is introducing a new model of school-based policing to identify at-risk children and improve youth engagement and community safety, putting equivalent programs in other jurisdictions, and the relevant responsibilities of schools, in the spotlight.

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Breaking School Rules? That’s a Paddlin’

School rules set standards for the conduct and behaviour of students, with disciplinary consequences for failure to comply. In light of recent events, schools should be reviewing their behavioural guidelines and how these are communicated.

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Western Australia

Breaking School Rules? That’s a Paddlin’

School rules set standards for the conduct and behaviour of students, with disciplinary consequences for failure to comply. In light of recent events, schools should be reviewing their behavioural guidelines and how these are communicated.

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School Violence: The Delicate Balance Between Staff Safety and Student Duty of Care (Part Two)

Staff and student wellbeing is a shared responsibility across the school community. Violence perpetrated by parents and by students only serves to undermine the school’s duties to staff (for a safe and healthy workplace) and to students (for a safe and supportive environment where they can thrive).

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Victoria

Consultation on New Safeguarding Standards: Catholic Schools Publicly Accountable for Child Safety

Catholic Professional Standards Ltd has released a Consultation Feedback Report on its National Catholic Safeguarding Standards and promises to publish reports on Church authorities who fail compliance audits.

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Breaking School Rules? That’s a Paddlin’

School rules set standards for the conduct and behaviour of students, with disciplinary consequences for failure to comply. In light of recent events, schools should be reviewing their behavioural guidelines and how these are communicated.

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South Australia

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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Tasmania

2017: The year of registration change: Is it time for national reform?

With just over a week to go until the curtain falls on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission), schools around Australia will likely remember 2017 as the year of child protection debate

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‘Stronger Communities, Safer Children’ – Do your students consider that your boarding community is a safe place?

This is National Child Protection Week – ‘Stronger Communities, Safer Children’.  This week, NAPCAN want to emphasise the value of connected communities in keeping children and young people safe and well. This article examines the role of boarding schools as a ‘community’ and how boarding schools are legally required to create child safe environments in those communities, in addition to having standards of compliance available to help them keep their boarders safe.

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Australian Capital Territory

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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Addressing Liability for Institutional Child Abuse (Part One)

This is the first 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 addresses the federal National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse and the Northern Territory consultation paper for implementing civil litigation reforms. Part Two addresses new legislation in the ACT and SA responding to limitation of actions and civil liability.

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Northern Territory

Police Officers in Schools: New NT Program Targets At-Risk Children

The Northern Territory government is introducing a new model of school-based policing to identify at-risk children and improve youth engagement and community safety, putting equivalent programs in other jurisdictions, and the relevant responsibilities of schools, in the spotlight.

Read More...

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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New Zealand

Teachers and alcohol abuse: lessons from NZ

A New Zealand teacher has been suspended for two years after being caught smelling of alcohol at school.  Although the incident occurred across the Tasman, the lessons from this case are definitely a helpful reminder for Australian schools and teachers.

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New Zealand develops new national Code and Standards for Teachers: Is Australia next?

The Education Council of Aotearoa New Zealand (the Council) is calling for submissions on a draft Code of Professional Responsibility and Standards for the Teaching Profession, entitled ‘Our Code, Our Standards,’ which is intended to reflect what it means to “be a teacher” in New Zealand. The new Code and Standards are to be implemented and applicable to all New Zealand teachers by 1 July 2017.

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