Governance of a School: Misuse, Mismanagement and Funding

A recent Ombudsman review of a Victorian public school, based on three protected disclosures, investigated allegations of nepotism, conflicts of interest and financial mismanagement. The Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, also released its final report on the effectiveness of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission legislation, concluding that public expectations of the not-for-profit and charity sector were of transparency, accountability and good governance. What both of these reports have in common is an expectation for schools, as not-for-profit organisations and/or charities, to prioritise good governance and minimise conflicts or perceived conflicts of interest within the management of their school.

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Victorian Commission for Children and Young People Updates Child Safe Organisation Guide to Reflect Royal Commission

Last week the Victorian Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) released a new version of the Guide for Creating a Child Safe Organisation. The Guide has been updated to reflect learnings from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and provides increased guidance for organisations in implementing the Victorian Child Safe Standards.

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Mudslides, Saws and Metal Slippery Dips: Should Schools Bring Risk Back into the Playground?

Studies show that risk-taking is key to a child’s development, which has caused a growing global movement seeking to introduce controlled risks into the playtime of children. But with the ever-present risk aversion when it comes to child injuries, and the growing compliance burden placed on educators, Australian schools may feel they are not in a position to introduce ‘risky playgrounds’.

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New Draft Victorian Information Sharing Regulations – Supporting the Child Information Sharing Scheme

New draft Victorian Information Sharing Regulations (the Regulations) have been released to support the establishment of the Child Information Sharing (CIS) Scheme. The new CIS Scheme responds to recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission), and supports the operation of the Children Legislation Amendment (Information Sharing) Act 2018 (the Act).

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