New laws on bullying: Schools under increased pressure to do more

Even if you subscribe to the controversial school of thought that bullying is an ‘inevitable’ interaction, that it is ‘part of growing up’ and ‘builds character’, it is uncontested that being bullied, particularly at a young age, can have very serious consequences for a child’s wellbeing, development and overall mental health. It is hence little […]

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South Australia’s revolutionary approach to child abuse and forced marriage

As reported in the news, a Melbourne man is set to be the first person convicted under Federal forced marriage laws despite the practice being criminalised in 2013. Because the laws make it extremely difficult to get a conviction (as they generally rely on victims testifying), South Australia has taken an unprecedented step of introducing a […]

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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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Billeting and homestays: Do schools have a duty of care while students are at home?

Billeting and homestay defined Billeting and homestay are largely interchangeable terms which involve students staying with host families for accommodation purposes. Stays may be part of a cultural exchange program or during an overnight excursion. Students can stay with host families intra-state, in another jurisdiction or even overseas. The term used most frequently is homestay, […]

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SA Registration Standards come into effect: What will this mean for schools?

The first half of 2017 has been marked by multiple ongoing overhauls to school registration systems. So far this year, the Western Australian Standards for Non-Government Schools took effect, key changes to the NSW School Registration Manuals and TAA Guidelines were introduced, and on 25 June the Education and Training Reform Regulations 2017 (Vic) took effect, amending the minimum […]

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New Mandatory Notification of Data Breaches – What does the scheme mean for schools?

On 22 February 2018, changes to the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (the Act) will take effect and a new Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) Scheme will be in force. This reform will affect the Privacy Programs of almost all non-government schools, and it is one of the most important reforms since the introduction of the 13 […]

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South Australia finalises its Registration Standards: Key issues for schools

In a previous School Governance article, we reported on the introduction of draft Standards for Registration and Review of Registration of Schools in South Australia (the Standards) by the Education and Early Childhood Services Registration and Standards Board of SA (the Board). The Standards were finalised on 5 April, and all new or existing schools will […]

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Bullying in Schools – The 2017 National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence

Schools across the country have been invited to ‘take a stand’ against bullying and violence next Friday 17 March 2017. According to the website, The National Day of Action (NDA) is calling on schools to ask their students ‘what’s your anti-bullying message?’ . Schools that register for the National Day of Action will receive access to free printed resources […]

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Grooming the Institution: Is grooming preventable in schools?

A new research report commissioned by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Commission) has been released, which further examines grooming behaviours in institutional contexts. “Grooming and child sexual abuse in institutional contexts” prepared by Professor Patrick O’Leary, Emma Koh and Andrew Dare (the Report) discusses the various definitions of “grooming”, the […]

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