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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Non-Financial Governance Reporting: What Does a School Board Actually Need to Know to Make Effective Decisions?

Financial, enrolment and education performance reports only tell a partial story of the overall performance of a school. In many ways, it is measurable non-financial information that enhances a board’s decision-making ability, ensuring they are able to guide the school towards achieving core strategic goals and objectives.

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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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Significant New Child Protection Legal Reform Proposed in NSW: Schools Must Reduce or Remove the Risk of Child Abuse

The introduction of a new Bill in NSW Parliament proposing to significantly amend the Crimes Act 1900 NSW signals that the NSW Government is finally catching up to Victoria and other states in getting serious on child protection legal reform. Amongst other proposed changes are the creation of an offence of failing to reduce or remove the risk of child abuse and new grooming offences. If passed, these reforms will require organisations engaging in child related work to, at a minimum, update their child protection policies and procedures to comply with the new laws and, in further steps of good governance, provide serious motivation to adopt the NSW Principles for Child-Safe Organisations and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission),10 Child Safe Standards. The introduction of the Bill before the Federal Government’s response to the Royal Commission is also timely.

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Former Teacher on Bail for Grooming Runs Children’s Sport Tournament

The Office of the Children’s Guardian has identified that many employers fail to correctly verify working with children check details for new and existing workers. This compliance gap may have caused a tennis association to be unaware that a person released on bail for child abuse offences was conducting children’s tournaments, putting sports organisations on notice of the need to uphold child-safe environments and promote a child safe culture.

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New Draft Victorian Information Sharing Regulations – Supporting the Child Information Sharing Scheme

New draft Victorian Information Sharing Regulations (the Regulations) have been released to support the establishment of the Child Information Sharing (CIS) Scheme. The new CIS Scheme responds to recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission), and supports the operation of the Children Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing) Act 2018 (the Act).

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WA Registration Guidelines Update: Focus on Child Protection, Governance and Staff

On 4 April 2018, the Department of Education in Western Australia released the updated Guide to the Registration Standards and Other Requirements for Non-Government Schools (the Guide). The requirements of the Guide will have effect from 1 July 2018, meaning that all non-government schools, not just those due for renewal of registration this year, need to be compliant with the requirements of the Guide.

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