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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Whistleblower Protections: Complementary to a Child Safe Culture

Whistleblower protections in a school can be the first of many steps that are complementary to creating a child safe culture. While mandatory reporting of child abuse is mandated by law in all Australian jurisdictions, schools with a formal whistleblower policy or program can also create the cultural change required to keep children safe, with an environment that encourages and welcomes staff to make disclosures about any kind of inappropriate behaviour.

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Photographing and Filming Students: Is Your School Getting it Right?

Photographing or filming students at school or at weekend sport has become a highly sensitive issue. With the rise in online abuse such as sexting and cyber bullying, schools have been required to rethink and reinforce protections for their students online, including the consent of students and their parents when taking photographs or producing videos at school events. But has your school maintained the right balance between privacy and common sense when photographing and filming students?

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Responses to the Royal Commission: States and Territories Address the Child Safe Standards

One of the key recommendations coming out of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse (the Royal Commission) was the implementation, endorsement and oversight of the 10 suggested Child Safe Standards. Now, six months after the Final Report was delivered, all but one State has outlined their proposed responses to the Royal Commission’s final recommendations, including how they will react to the Standards.

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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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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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