New child safety standards for volunteers in Victorian Schools
Catholic school principals in Victoria will run rigorous background checks on parents volunteering at fetes, excursions and working bees, under child safety standards developed by the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria.
The new standards, which were developed earlier this year, will help principals meet the requirements of new State Government child protection legislation.
Late last week the Andrews Government in Victoria introduced a Bill into the Parliament that will create a new duty of care allowing an organisation to be held liable for child abuse committed by someone associated with the organisation.
And in early December the Salesians will be making a public apology and unveiling a 'sorry stone' plaque at the order's Salesian College in Sunbury to acknowledge past abuse in the order.
New Victorian law to help child abuse survivors in Court
The Victorian Government has introduced new laws to better protect children from abuse.
The proposed law will create a 'duty of care' for organisations so they can be held accountable for the abuse of children.
The law will apply to all religious institutions, community organisations, childcare facilities and government bodies that exercise care, supervision or authority over children, and are capable of being sued.
Salesian College Sunbury to offer public apologies for sexual abuse of students
SUNBURY'S Salesian College in Victoria will host a public apology to victims and loved ones affected by decades of historical sexual abuse there.
Australia-Pacific Province of the Salesians of Don Bosco Provincial Father Greg Chambers will present the apology on December 8 to victims and their families in the gardens in front of the Rupertswood Mansion, where a plaque will be placed on a "sorry stone".