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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Principles for Child-Safe Organisations finalised by the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian

In May 2017 School Governance reported on the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardians (OCG) releasing a consultation draft set of guidelines and principles for creating child-safe organisations.  Last week, the OCG released the final Principles for Child-Safe Organisations (Principles) to guide organisations who provide services for children, such as schools, on how to foster child-safe organisations in NSW. 

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