Public Information (Part One): Are Schools Keeping their Communities in the Dark?

This is the first part of a two-part series exploring the kinds of information schools must and should make publicly available. Part One focuses on schools’ key legal obligations in this area, which are expanding due to increased focus on transparency. Part Two will focus on the key issues faced by schools when determining what to publish, and proposes some practical solutions.

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Child Safe Frameworks Get More Complicated Post Royal Commission: It’s Time to Take Action Now

Since the release of the Royal Commission’s final report, there was hope for a more unified and perhaps national approach to child safety and child safe standards frameworks. This will most likely occur in the future, however, in the short term, the multitude of frameworks and standards/principles is only becoming more complex.

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Final State Responds to the Royal Commission: Victoria Provides Official Response and Hints at Further Reform

With Victoria recently issuing its official response to the Royal Commission’s Final Report, all jurisdictions have now responded to the Final Report recommendations, and schools can expect ongoing injurisdictional consultation as child protection reforms progress.

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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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COAG Focus on Child Protection, Early Childhood Education and Cyber Bullying in First Meeting for 2018

The Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) first meeting for 2018 focused on recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, discussing national child safe standards in child protection, early childhood education and protection of children from cyber bullying.

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Royal Commission Recommendations: Where to From Here?

After five years, the handling of 42,041 calls, sorting through 25,964 letters and emails, holding 8,013 private sessions, referring 2,575 cases to authorities, and 57 public hearings, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) published its Final Report on 15 December 2017. 

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