National Apology to Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse Made by Federal Government

On 22 October 2018, the Prime Minister apologised on behalf of the Federal Government to all survivors of child sexual abuse. The Federal Government and each state and territory have all accepted, or accepted in principle, the vast majority of the recommendations suggested by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission). The National Apology recognised that, after the investigations of the Royal Commission, not only particular institutions, but society as a whole, failed children and that everyone, including schools, needs to do better to protect the children under their care.

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Mudslides, Saws and Metal Slippery Dips: Should Schools Bring Risk Back into the Playground?

Studies show that risk-taking is key to a child’s development, which has caused a growing global movement seeking to introduce controlled risks into the playtime of children. But with the ever-present risk aversion when it comes to child injuries, and the growing compliance burden placed on educators, Australian schools may feel they are not in a position to introduce ‘risky playgrounds’.

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Falling tree branch injures two in Victoria: a reminder to schools about Tree Management

A falling tree branch has injured two people on the grounds of a school at Bendigo North, in central Victoria when the branch came down on the school’s basketball court. It serves as a timely reminder for schools of the importance of an effective tree management policy, including regular inspections and recommendations from an accredited arborist.

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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 quality in early childhood education and care while at the same time, reducing red tape for the sector. All schools need to be aware of the commencement dates of the changes and how they affect their early learning policies and procedures.

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