Information Sharing and Schools: Part 1 – Balancing privacy obligations: how schools can ensure that ‘sharing is caring’

This is the first article in a three-part series on the expanding issue of information sharing and how it relates to the schools system. In this series, Kieran Seed and Lauren Osbich consider the past and future development of information sharing regimes, particularly in the context of child protection, and how schools can gain a […]

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New laws on bullying: Schools under increased pressure to do more

Even if you subscribe to the controversial school of thought that bullying is an ‘inevitable’ interaction, that it is ‘part of growing up’ and ‘builds character’, it is uncontested that being bullied, particularly at a young age, can have very serious consequences for a child’s wellbeing, development and overall mental health. It is hence little […]

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South Australia’s revolutionary approach to child abuse and forced marriage

As reported in the news, a Melbourne man is set to be the first person convicted under Federal forced marriage laws despite the practice being criminalised in 2013. Because the laws make it extremely difficult to get a conviction (as they generally rely on victims testifying), South Australia has taken an unprecedented step of introducing a […]

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Boarding Webinar: Frequently Asked Questions about balancing risk management and student care

Just as education has progressed immensely, so too have boarding houses and the facilities associated with them. However, while there has been an ongoing trend of schools trying to improve their approach to safety and child protection, boarding schools have been identified as being among the highest risk of any educational environment in terms of their cumulative […]

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Child Protection Overhaul: another piece of SA’s new child protection framework finalised 

A few months ago, School Governance reported on the introduction of the Children and Young People (Safety) Bill 2017 (the Bill) into the South Australian Parliament. After nearly four months of intense debate in both the House of Assembly and the Legislative Council, the oft-criticised Bill passed the Legislative Assembly in the early hours of […]

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Reportable Conduct Round-Up:  Vic and ACT schemes commence, Qld likely to follow

Less than a week ago, substantial amendments to the child protection systems in Victoria and the ACT commenced. From Saturday 1 July, a range of entities – including government and non-government schools – must ensure that they have additional policies and procedures in place for reporting, responding to and investigating various allegations of misconduct in […]

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New Principles for Child Safe Organisations in NSW and a Review of the WWC Act

In April 2017, the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian (OCG) released a draft set of guidelines and principles for creating child safe organisations. The Principles for Child Safe Organisations are informed by the research and findings of the Royal Commission in to Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) regarding the 10 key […]

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Ministers of religion now mandatory reporters in Queensland

On 21 March 2017, the Queensland Government introduced a Bill proposing to amend Queensland child protection legislation to include ministers of a religious denomination or society who perform work for, or have an association with, a school, to the list of mandatory reporters of sexual abuse. Under the Child Protection and Education Legislation (Reporting of Abuse) […]

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NSW’s Reportable Conduct Scheme: Valuable guidance for all states and territories

The NSW Ombudsman has recently released three new documents that significantly increase the amount of guidance for government and non-government agencies (including schools) that are required to notify the Ombudsman of reportable conduct in their organisation. In NSW ‘reportable conduct’ is defined under section 25A(1)  of the Ombudsman Act 1974 (NSW) (the Act) as: any […]

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