Student duty of care obligations: Where does a teacher’s duty end?

Recently in the news was the case of a child found unresponsive in their mother’s car in Victoria, after the mother assumed she had dropped the child off at their primary school.  In light of this incident, it seems right for teachers to question where their duty of care obligations to their students end. And with schools […]

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Review of mandatory reporting laws in NSW prompts wider discussion

A new discussion paper released by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) in NSW, Shaping a better child protection system (the Discussion Paper) is a reminder to schools about the importance of mandatory reporting regarding child safety incidents. Background to the Discussion Paper The Discussion Paper was released by the NSW Government on 20 October […]

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UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report signals role change for teachers worldwide

The 2017/18 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report (the GEM Report) was recently released by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The GEM Report aims to inform education and aid policy through the analysis of challenges facing countries globally. While the primary audience of the GEM Report usually consists of decision-makers such as ministers, policymakers, parliamentarians and […]

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Information Sharing and Schools: Part 3 – Royal Commission Recommendations for Information Sharing and Child Safe Organisations

This is the third and final article in a three-part series on the expanding issue of information sharing and how it relates to a school’s systems. 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 […]

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Education and Care Services National Law changes commence

On 1 October 2017, changes to the Education and Care Services National Law (National Law) and Regulations (National Regulations) came into effect. The amendments were made after federal and state and territory Education Ministers agreed to changes to the National Quality Standard (NQS) at the last Council of Australian Governments (COAG). These changes are intended to strengthen […]

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Ominous asthma warning: Growing complacency leading to unnecessary deaths

Alarming new research suggests that, even though Australia has been successful in curbing the rate of asthma deaths and hospitalisations, we are growing increasingly complacent about the risks posed by asthma. A study was conducted by the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research (Study) surveying almost 2,700 people with asthma. It found that 39% of people only used […]

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New program for child sexual abuse evidence in NSW Courts

A pilot program for child sexual abuse victim evidence has been rolled out in Newcastle and Sydney Downing Centre courts.  The trial reached its halfway point this month with the delivery of a UNSW report Evaluation of the Child Sexual Offence Evidence Pilot (the Evaluative Report). The program is the first of its kind in Australia […]

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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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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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The connection between falling male teacher numbers and fear of student contact

Over the last three decades, the number of male primary school teachers across Australia has been decreasing.  According to new research conducted by Dr Vaughan Cruickshank of the University of Tasmania, there has been a decrease in male teachers, from 30.24% in 1983 to 18.26% in 2016, which is an overall drop of 12% of all male primary […]

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