School Governance

Child Safety Begins at the Top - Governing Body Responsibilities

Principle 1 of the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations requires that – to be child safe – all child-related...

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 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...