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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Catholic Church Responds to Royal Commission: National Standards and Addressing Celibacy, Conviction and Confession

Almost nine months after the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) handed down its findings, the Catholic Church has delivered its formal reply. Of particular interest is the response of the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (ACBC) and Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) to the Royal Commission recommendations addressing celibacy, convictions for child sexual abuse and the sacrament of confession.

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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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School Violence: The Delicate Balance Between Staff Safety and Student Duty of Care (Part Two)

Staff and student wellbeing is a shared responsibility across the school community. Violence perpetrated by parents and by students only serves to undermine the school’s duties to staff (for a safe and healthy workplace) and to students (for a safe and supportive environment where they can thrive).

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Student Welfare for Boarders – Far From Home and Culture

Boarding schools (and schools in general) are under pressure to focus more on the pastoral care of their boarders, as part of the boarding community. Part of this focus is to take account of the unique challenges involved with rural students and indigenous students, both far from their homes and cultures.

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School Violence: The Delicate Balance Between Staff Safety and Student Duty of Care (Part One)

This is the first part of a two part series exploring violence in schools. Part One focuses on violence against principals and teachers, and the results of the Principal Wellbeing Survey 2017. Part Two will focus on violence perpetrated by parents and students and how discipline and behaviour management policies impact a school’s reaction.

After the recent stabbing of a student at an Adelaide school and a wild brawl resulting in a broken jaw outside a school in Western Australia, schools would be forgiven for thinking that the current rise in violence is out of control. Most schools, however, are safe environments and shape young people’s positive development. But there is a fine line to walk between principal, staff and school community safety and balancing the duty of care to students.

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August 16: Weekly Wrap

AUSTRALIA Former Adelaide archbishop Philip Wilson avoids jail over abuse cover up According to The New Daily, former Adelaide archbishop Philip Wilson has avoided jail for covering up child sex abuse by a priest. Newcastle Local Court magistrate Robert Stone decided Wilson, 67, should serve his 12-month custodial sentence in home detention, not jail. Mr […]

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August 9: Weekly Wrap

AUSTRALIA Girl arrested after alleged stabbing at North Adelaide school ABC News has reported that a 14-year-old girl has been arrested and charged by police after she allegedly stabbed another 17-year-old student at a North Adelaide school. News.com.au reported that the injured girl, who is in year 12 at St Dominic’s Priory College, suffered a cut to her […]

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