A Letter from Greg Lucas, Chair of the Korowal School Board, to our community
Korowal is proud of our commitment to education, where relationships are at the heart of the educational process. Our values of compassion, tolerance, equity, respect, empathy, commitment and resilience support and guide all that we do in educating the whole child to help them reach their full potential.
We recognise that this privileged role in educating young people also brings with it particular responsibilities, including the responsibility to ensure that Korowal is prepared to respond to any disclosure or concern, historic or current, that may be brought to our attention.
Protected Disclosures - ‘See something. Say something’
The Korowal Board wants to ensure that our governance makes provision for the safe disclosure of any serious wrongdoings.
We have developed a Protected Disclosures Policy and Procedure. Korowal recognises that any genuine commitment to detecting and preventing illegal and otherundesirable conduct must include a mechanism whereby staff, parents, students and others are able to report their concerns freely and without fear of reprisal, victimisation, or intimidation. The mechanism needs to be independent of the School and provide disclosers with the option of remaining anonymous.
We have appointed Integroe Partners as the inaugural provider. In the Policy we have called this mechanism the Korowal Protected Disclosures Service. We are confident that this will promote a positive culture of honesty, justice and strong governance. It also supports our capacity to respond ethically, respectfully and effectively to such disclosures.
Redress for institutional child sexual abuse
The recent Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has shone a spotlight on many aspects of creating child safe institutions, including responding appropriately to complaints and concerns.
One of the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Sexual Abuse was the need for institutions to have an effective and appropriate redress scheme to support people who have been abused. The Board consulted widely and unanimously resolved (in March 2018) to join the National Redress Scheme from its commencement on July 1st, 2018. It has been confirmed that the Minister has signed the Declaration of our participation today, making us the first independent (non-systemic) school to have joined the National Redress Scheme.
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Please refer to the following links:
The Korowal Protected Disclosures Policy and Procedure can be found here: www.korowal.nsw.edu.au/Portals/ProtectedDisclosuresPolicy
The Korowal Protected Disclosures Service can be contacted by using this link: www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/
For more information on the National Redress Scheme, call the National Redress Scheme Information Line on 1800 737 377 – Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm local time (excluding. public holidays) or visit www.nationalredress.gov.au/ from 1 July 2018.
Greg Lucas, Chair
Korowal School Board