Managing Social Media Risks in Schools

This white paper is designed to assist school leaders with understanding and managing their social media risks.


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Created to be an invaluable resource for school leaders in Australian schools, this white paper explores social media risks in the context of schools. It provides examples of potential risks with suggested responses and it explains why a social media policy alone is not enough to ensure schools are well placed to ensure staff and student safety and to manage the risks associated with social media.

Topics covered include:

  • School risks
  • Staff risks
  • Student risks
  • Staff-Student risks


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About the Authors

This white paper was written by members of the Education Consulting team and the Editorial team at CompliSpace. 

Tim Kelly 2 Tim Kelly

Tim is a Regional Manager at CompliSpace, leading the consulting and client services teams in Victoria and Tasmania.

He is a senior lawyer and human resources and health & safety executive, as well as being a qualified

teacher.  He combines his skills and experience and his passion for the education sector to provide legal, risk, compliance and strategic advice and consulting support to boards and executives.  

For over 12 years, Tim has worked as a lawyer at top-tier national law firms and within industry, providing advice to a range of clients, including schools, the Victorian Department of Education and Training, education regulators and universities.

IMG_2833 James Field

James is the CEO and cofounder of CompliSpace. He is a highly experienced legal and corporate governance practitioner, with over 25 years’ experience in the design and implementation of enterprise risk management programs across a wide range of industry sectors.

Prior to founding CompliSpace James held senior executive positions in a range of publicly listed and private companies and applies his hands-on executive experiences to assist CompliSpace clients to develop governance solutions that work and last.

James is a qualified legal practitioner. He is a member of the Australian New Zealand Education Law Association (ANZELA), as well as being a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Craig Craig D'cruz

Craig is the National Education Lead at CompliSpace. He began his education career in 1983 and has taught in a number of non-government schools including Catholic, PSA, Anglican and Greek Orthodox schools. He spent 22 years as a Deputy Principal and Principal and five years as the Industrial Officer at the Association of Independent Schools of WA. Craig was also a Board member and Deputy Chair of a large Uniting Church School for nine years.

He has a background in school leadership and governance, a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry - skilled in non-profit organisations, coaching, policy development, registration and compliance, curriculum development and HR/Industrial matters.

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