In 2012 the Prime Minister recommended a Royal Commission inquiry into institutional responses to child abuse. The Final Report, released in 2017, made five record keeping recommendations, including one specific recommendation that non-government schools be required to comply with minimum standards in relation to the creation, maintenance, and disposal of records relevant to child safety and wellbeing, including child sexual abuse.
High-Level principles for recording and record keeping:
Inadequate records and recordkeeping have contributed to delays in or failures to identify and respond to risks and incidents of child sexual abuse and have exacerbated distress and trauma for many survivors.
The introduction of good recordkeeping is an important part of making and supporting Schools to provide an environment where student safety comes first and ensures staff have a clear and consistent way to manage documents using the modern workplace tools that simply extend on the applications they are already using today.
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