‘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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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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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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Part Two: Confiscation and searches of student property – searching students and student property

This is the second article in a two-part series on the myriad issues associated with managing inappropriate student materials. Part One is available here. In this series, Craig D’cruz, National Education Consultant at CompliSpace, explores managing the confiscation of student materials and the legal, regulatory and guidance to consider when dealing with this matter.  In […]

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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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Part One: Confiscation and searches of student property – is there a right way to do this?

This is the first article in a two-part series on the myriad issues associated with managing inappropriate student materials. In this series, Craig D’cruz, National Education Consultant at CompliSpace, explores managing the confiscation of student materials and the legal, regulatory and guidance to consider when dealing with this matter.  In Part One of this series, […]

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Student drivers: Are schools responsible for implementing road safety rules?

A post-holiday reminder School holidays are over, and with that comes increased congestion on public transport and roads in the morning and afternoon. Drivers are encouraged to be increasingly vigilant whilst travelling within designated school zones and increasingly aware at all times when students are travelling to and from school. Despite this, tragedies can and do occur. […]

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External venue hire: To hire or not to hire?

There are two common venue hire scenarios that come to mind with regard to schools: schools that hire external venues for excursions and schools that allow other groups to hire their facilities. The latter was discussed in a School Governance article in 2016. It is commonplace for schools to hire or lease outside venues in […]

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Revenge on image-based abuse: Will schools be caught in the crossfire?

One month on from Privacy Awareness Week (PAW), information privacy and technology-facilitated issues remain an ongoing community concern. While image-based abuse – or ‘revenge p*rn’ in media parlance – may not appear to impact on the activities of schools, the issue has been a live one for both the government and non-government systems.  In late […]

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Stranger danger: Recent worrying trend in attempted child abduction

Recently, on two separate occasions, two school girls were almost abducted.  These two incidents serve as a timely reminder for schools to brief staff, parents and students about the dangers of child abduction and how to recognise and avoid an abduction. The attempted abductions An all girls’ school in Melbourne’s south has warned students to travel […]

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