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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‘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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Reforms to the ASA Data Retention Schedule: Insights for schools on records management

Knowing what records to keep, how to keep them and for how long, is a tricky business for schools to master.  With a raft of legislation, such as the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth), dictating how to handle/protect certain types of information and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) recommendations saying there […]

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Interesting findings from recent Royal Commission research reports

Over the last year, School Governance has been keeping a close eye on the recommendations and findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission). Recently, the Royal Commission released two reports about the reliability of data held by reporting bodies and the Police in various Australian jurisdictions.  The two Royal Commission […]

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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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