Child Protection in Australia

The principles that the ATA espouses with respect to child protection are based on:

  • An overriding concern for the welfare of children
  • A desire to see uniform national child protection laws
  • If uncertain, take a precautionary approach.
Note

The ATA will NOT accept applications for membership from tutors where it is known or disclosed that the tutor, in any Australian State or Territory or in any other nation:
Has prior, current or pending charges or convictions in relation to children, or
Has been suspended from teaching on account of child-related matters, or
Has been deregistered as a teacher on account of child-related matters

When in doubt, the ATA will be still.

Where there is uncertainty as to the status of an applicant for ATA membership (for example, in the subsequent reregistration of a teacher) the ATA takes a precautionary approach. That is, unless the Board is convinced that there are compelling reasons otherwise, a person will NOT be accepted as a member. Wherever there is doubt the ATA Board will err on the side of children and will place their interests higher than the interests of the person applying for membership.

The preferred legislative position.

The ATA prefers a national system of cohesion in regards to child protection matters. This means that we would like to see ALL States and Territories require that all tutors pass have a current Working With Children Check (WWCC), and that any WWCC undertaken in any State or Territory be conducted to a standard that would make it applicable to ALL States and Territories. There should not be inconsistency between the various Australian jurisdictions, nor should there be Australian jurisdictions without robust child protection laws.

Child protection and tutoring.

Child protection is a matter that should be central to the training, awareness and understanding of all tutors. Amongst other things, tutors should apply the following standards: