School Governance

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...

Complaints Handling and the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations

Having complaints handling policies and procedures is a legal requirement for schools across Australia but ensuring comp...

Catholic Professional Standards Ltd: Creating a Culture of Safety for Children within the Catholic Church

Catholic Professional Standards Limited (CPSL) was formed in response to the findings of the Royal Commission into Insti...

Leadership and a School’s Child Safe Culture

Following a recent Four Corners investigation aired by the ABC, St Kevin’s, a prominent non-government boys’ school in M...

Royal Commission Response: 2019 Reports from the States and Territories

Since the conclusion of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission), all ...