It can be said that pressure on the non-government school sector is at an all-time high. The work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission) has drawn attention to the prevalence of sexual abuse of children in institutions including schools and, traditionally, their failures in reporting such conduct and taking action to stop it.
It is a legal obligation of all schools in Australia to ensure that they provide a safe and healthy learning environment for their students. However, child protection laws and regulations around Australia are complex and confusing.
Many schools think that compliance with child protection laws is simply a matter of preparing a child protection policy, however, there is much more to it. Compliance with child protection laws and regulations also involves developing internal practices, procedures and systems that work to create a culture of child safety and awareness.
The Royal Commission is putting pressure on State and Territory Governments and how they view child protection. The Royal Commission’s final report is due in 2017. Legislative change affecting schools is already occurring and it is anticipated that national reform will occur following the release of the final report.
CompliSpace demystifies child protection laws and regulations by combining governance, risk, compliance and policy management expertise with technology solutions to enable schools across Australia to implement and maintain sustainable platforms to meet their legal and regulatory requirements.
Our team of legal and industry professionals actively monitor Federal, State and Territory laws and regulations to develop up-to-date best-practice policies, procedures and governance programs across a range of key areas to assist clients to continuously comply with their obligations.
To support schools in creating a child safe environment, CompliSpace has developed a comprehensive suite of policies, procedures, training resources and tools to address a range of child protection issues, including detecting, reporting and addressing sexual abuse.
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