After five years of review with 4,000 individual Australian institutions, 1,200 witness accounts and more than 8,000 private sessions with survivors, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has delivered far reaching recommendations and places schools on notice with critical obligations & liabilities!
The final report of 21 volumes, 1000’s pages and 409 recommendations, is aimed at keeping children safe. Volume 13 deals with the specifics of Schools and the significant reforms in areas such as criminal and civil liabilities, as well as detailing the measures to make institutions safe for children. At the same time streamlining the provision of justice, compensation and accountability directly to the schools and its responsible staff.
“All institutions have a responsibility to protect children from potential sexual abuse by preventing, identifying and mitigating risks and responding appropriately when abuse occurs”
Institutions that fail to respond effectively leave themselves [the directors, staff and the organisation] directly exposed to claims, compensation, criminal proceedings, public scrutiny and a loss of trust from there communities.