School Governance

“Putting children first” for Child Protection Week (Part 1): Implementation of the National Principles by States and Territories

National Child Protection Week (6-12 September) is celebrating 30 years, with the theme “Putting children first”. The ma...

“Putting children first” for Child Protection Week (Part 2): Principle 1 and Embedding a Child Safe Culture

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

“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...

Does a School Governing Body Member Need a Working With Children Check? It Depends on the Jurisdiction and Relevant Activities.

On 30 July 2020 we published an article about who in a school needs (or can get) a Working with Children Check (WWCC) an...

Who in a School Needs (or Can Get) a Working with Children Check? It Depends on Where You Are!

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) made a range of recommendatio...

Child Protection Risks After the COVID-19 Lockdown

While the return to face-to-face learning has eased some child protection concerns, schools face some new challenges due...

Recent Developments in Relation to Mandatory Reporting by Persons in Religious Ministry

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) made a number of recommendati...

Commencement of Queensland Blue Card System Reforms Delayed for Up to One Year

In May 2019, the Queensland Parliament passed the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) and Other Legisl...

Child Protection, Child Safe and Child Safeguarding: What’s the Difference?

The exact meaning of, and whether there is a difference between, the terms ‘Child Protection’, ‘Child Safe’ and ‘Child S...

Keeping the Safety Net Intact: Child Protection in a Remote Learning Environment

Schools are one of the main safety nets for children in relation to abuse and neglect. This is evidenced by the fact tha...