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Deborah De Fina

Deborah De Fina
Deborah recently completed five years working with the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse where she assisted the Royal Commission to establish the Private Session process and subsequently managed its legal aspects. Prior to working with the Royal Commission, Deborah had her own successful consulting practice where she specialised in the statutory child protection system, legal issues facing children and vulnerable people, and legal aid. She also spent more than nine years at Legal Aid NSW, as a child protection solicitor, Senior Solicitor and then Solicitor in Charge, Child Protection. Deborah holds a Juris Doctorate from the Columbia University School of Law, a Master of International Affairs from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a Diploma in Law from Sydney University.
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Recent Posts by Deborah De Fina

Victorian Schools Now Part of Victoria’s Information Sharing Schemes

Victoria has two legislative schemes which permit, or in some cases require, certain organisations – called Information ...

Staff and Student/Parent Friendship on Social Media-Some Guidance and Suggestions for Schools

As the use of social media increasingly becomes arguably the main way that most people (including schools and their comm...

“Putting children first” for Child Protection Week (Part 3): Implementing the National Principles 2 - 10

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at the implementation of the National Principles by each state and territory and fou...

CompliSpace’s Submission to the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian on Regulating Child Safe Organisations Discussion Paper (Part Two)

The Office of the Children’s Guardian (OCG) is considering the benefits of regulating child safe standards in New South ...

CompliSpace’s Submission to the NSW Office of the Children’s Guardian on Regulating Child Safe Organisations Discussion Paper (Part One)

The Office of the Children’s Guardian (OCG) is considering the benefits of regulating child safe standards in New South ...

Royal Commission Response Update: 2018 Reports from Australian Jurisdictions and Major Religious Institutions (Part Three:  Religious Institutions)

Following on from past two weeks’ School Governance articles which summarised the key components of the 2018 Annual Prog...

Royal Commission Response Update: 2018 Reports from Australian Jurisdictions and Major Religious Institutions (Part Two: States and Territories)

Following on from last week’s School Governance article which summarised the key components of the 2018 Commonwealth Gov...

Royal Commission Response Update: 2018 Reports from Australian Jurisdictions and Major Religious Institutions (Part One: Commonwealth)

It has now been over one year since the conclusion of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual ...