Royal Commission recommends overhaul of the criminal justice system: How will your school be affected?

To commence the week beginning 14 August 2017, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse published its final recommendations on criminal justice in Australia, following years of research, round-tables, hearings and consultations examining issues in the criminal justice system in relation to institutional child sexual abuse. Clocking in at just over 2000 […]

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What to do if your school receives a historical sexual abuse report?

It takes immense courage and strength for survivors of historical child abuse to come forward and discuss the behaviours to which they were subjected.  Sometimes survivors of historical child abuse make claims against the institutions where they suffered the abuse – such as schools and religious organisations.  With the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to […]

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Child abuse risk significantly higher in boarding schools: Royal Commission Report

On 19 June 2017, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) released a report on a research project carried out by Professors Patrick Parkinson and Judy Cashmore titled “Assessing the different dimensions and degrees of child sexual abuse in institutions” (the Report).  We discussed the Report in last week’s School […]

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Latest Royal Commission Report on Child Sexual Abuse Risk: Is your school a high risk institution?

On 19 June 2017, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) released its latest research report considering why child sexual abuse occurs in institutions, entitled Assessing the different dimensions and degrees of child sexual abuse in institutions (the Report).  The research project was carried out by Professors Patrick Parkinson and […]

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Victoria amends Crimes Act sexual offence laws: What schools should know

On 1 July 2017, the Crimes Amendment (Sexual Offences) Act 2016 (Vic) (the Amending Act) takes effect to strengthen existing sexual offence laws to better protect children from abuse. The Act was passed in the Victorian Parliament in September 2016 and reforms more than 50 sexual offences in the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) (Crimes Act). […]

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New Principles for Child Safe Organisations in NSW and a Review of the WWC Act

In April 2017, the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian (OCG) released a draft set of guidelines and principles for creating child safe organisations. The Principles for Child Safe Organisations are informed by the research and findings of the Royal Commission in to Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) regarding the 10 key […]

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Royal Commission research symposium: Creating child safe institutions

On 1 May 2017, The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) hosted a research symposium in Melbourne to share the findings from three research reports commissioned by the Royal Commission on the topic of child safe institutions (Symposium). Cara Novakovic, CompliSpace Content Development Consultant, attended the Symposium and in this […]

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Royal Commission Report critical of inconsistent school registration requirements in Australia

Recently, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse shifted its inquiries away from the non-government sector to government authorities.  The Royal Commission has published an extensive research report that examines the strengths and weaknesses of existing regulatory and oversight bodies in protecting children from sexual abuse: Oversight and regulatory mechanisms aimed at protecting […]

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Royal Commission Interim Report – What does it mean for schools?

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Commission) released its interim report (Report) on 30 June 2014. You can read more about the work of the Commission here. The Report is available on the Commission’s website and is divided into two Volumes. Volume 1 contains the substantive reporting of the Commission.  Volume […]

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