Child Safety Curriculums (Part Two): Schools Face Curriculum Compliance Issues Relating to Child Abuse Prevention and Respectful Relationships

While no school registration authority has yet taken the formal step of revising their registration compliance expectations in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, by providing child safety and respectful relationships education, and by documenting how this education is provided, a school will be taking significant steps to demonstrating that it is relevantly meeting the Child Safe Standards and associated registration requirements.

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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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Child Safety Curriculums (Part One): Schools Face Curriculum Compliance Issues Relating to Child Abuse Prevention and Respectful Relationships

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommended that child abuse prevention education should be made mandatory for schools, integrated into existing school curriculums and linked with related areas such as respectful relationships education and sexuality education. However, the manner in which the Australian Curriculum – including the prominence of concepts of child safety and respectful relationships – is implemented varies between jurisdictions.

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Addressing Liability for Institutional Child Abuse (Part Two)

This is the second part of a two-part series exploring the responses from the states and territories to the Redress and Civil Litigation Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and the current legislative developments reinforcing the Royal Commission’s recommendations. Part One addressed limitation periods generally and the proposed reforms by the Northern Territory in relation to institutional liability and a non-delegable reverse onus duty of care. Part Two addresses specific legislation from South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory to implement removal of limitation periods and institutional liability respectively.

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Addressing Liability for Institutional Child Abuse (Part One)

This is the first part of a two-part series exploring the responses from the states and territories to the Redress and Civil Litigation Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and the current legislative developments reinforcing the Royal Commission’s recommendations. Part One addresses the federal National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse and the Northern Territory consultation paper for implementing civil litigation reforms. Part Two addresses new legislation in the ACT and SA responding to limitation of actions and civil liability.

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Public Information (Part One): Are Schools Keeping their Communities in the Dark?

This is the first part of a two-part series exploring the kinds of information schools must and should make publicly available. Part One focuses on schools’ key legal obligations in this area, which are expanding due to increased focus on transparency. Part Two will focus on the key issues faced by schools when determining what to publish, and proposes some practical solutions.

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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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