‘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 connection between falling male teacher numbers and fear of student contact

Over the last three decades, the number of male primary school teachers across Australia has been decreasing.  According to new research conducted by Dr Vaughan Cruickshank of the University of Tasmania, there has been a decrease in male teachers, from 30.24% in 1983 to 18.26% in 2016, which is an overall drop of 12% of all male primary […]

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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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New Tasmanian Education Act and Registration System: The (Tassie) Devil is in the detail

In what is becoming quite the theme on School Governance recently, another jurisdiction has overhauled its framework for school registration. The Education Act 2016 (Tas) (the Act) commenced on 10 July 2017, replacing the previous Education Act 1994 (Tas) and completely restructures Tasmanian education law, in particular the registration of non-government schools. The new Education Regulations […]

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New Tasmanian child protection guidance and referral service

On 6 June 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Strong Families, Safe Kids Project Team released the Child and Youth Wellbeing Framework (CYW Framework) and the final model for the Children’s Advice and Referral Alliance (CARA).  This is part of the response to the 29 recommendations made in the Redesign of the […]

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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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Mother claims Tas Education Dept failed to protect daughter

The mother of a six-year-old autistic girl allegedly sexually assaulted by another student at a Launceston school is threatening to take the Tasmanian State Government to the anti-discrimination commissioner, according to the Launceston Examiner. The mother said measures were initially put in place to protect her daughter after she reported the alleged sexual assault. But she told […]

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