Addressing liability for institutional child abuse: NSW leads the way in state and territory responses to the Royal Commission

Recently, the Civil Liability Amendment (Institutional Child Abuse) Bill 2017 (the Bill) was introduced into the New South Wales Parliament by Shadow Attorney-General, Paul Lynch. It is a groundbreaking step by NSW to update their liability for institutional child abuse before the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse (the Royal […]

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New Commonwealth Bill for Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

On 26 October 2017, the Commonwealth Social Services Minister Christian Porter introduced the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017 (the Bill), which, as we mentioned in our previous article, delivers on the current Government’s promise to seek redress for survivors of institutional child abuse. Background to the Bill According to the Explanatory […]

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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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Information Sharing and Schools: Part 2 – Teacher Obligations with Child Protection

This is the second article in a three-part series on the expanding issue of information sharing and how it relates to the schools system. 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 gain a […]

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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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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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‘Stronger Communities, Safer Children’ – Do your students consider that your boarding community is a safe place?

This is National Child Protection Week – ‘Stronger Communities, Safer Children’.  This week, NAPCAN want to emphasise the value of connected communities in keeping children and young people safe and well. This article examines the role of boarding schools as a ‘community’ and how boarding schools are legally required to create child safe environments in those communities, […]

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The end of the Royal Commission draws near: Are schools ready for its final recommendations?

Child protection is an ever-evolving and expanding web of laws, legislation, standards and guidelines. Some jurisdictions like Victoria have seen more legal upheaval than others, while others such as South Australia have seen state Royal Commissions which have prompted legal change.  What all jurisdictions have in common is that they have forged their own paths, […]

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National Child Protection Week 3-9 September: ‘Stronger Communities, Safer Children’

This Sunday marks the start of National Child Protection Week, which is coordinated by National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN), with the support of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.  Since 1987, NAPCAN has made a significant contribution to the safety and wellbeing of Australia’s children and young people by raising public awareness of the societal […]

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The Royal Commission and ADF Cadets: incorrect policies and procedures and disciplinary culture are lessons for schools

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) recently released the report of Case Study 40 entitled: ‘The response of the Australian Defence Force to allegations of child sexual abuse’ (the Report).  Schools may well be asking, ‘what does a report regarding the Australian Defence Force (ADF) allegations of child sexual abuse […]

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