The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released an issues paper, Issues Paper 9: Addressing the risk of child sexual abuse in primary and secondary schools, earlier this year.
On behalf of member schools CSA has made a submission which calls for:
- a nationally harmonised approach consisting of elements addressing
- Pre-employment screening;
- Clear mandatory reporting requirements; and
- Defined requirements for dealing with allegations against staff
- oversight and responsibility for assisting, monitoring and enforcing compliance assigned to a specialist regulatory body rather than ACNC, ASIC or school registration bodies;
- appropriate obligations commensurate with to the applicable duties and functions of the various roles within school from staff to those in governance.
We also emphasised the priority given with Christian schools to ensuring the safety of children, especially in this area.
Copies of the Issues Paper issued by the Royal Commission and our submission are attached below.