The current Royal Commission uncovering shocking examples of institutional child abuse has brought the issue to the forefront of our national consciousness. It is perhaps unsurprising, then, that some authorities get jittery about their role in protecting such a vulnerable section of the population. But sometimes, the very system that is supposed to protect in fact imposes unnecessary hardship.
Recent case illustrates the complexities
A case in point is the recent decision of BQY v Children’s Guardian. The applicant, referred to as BQY, was a 21-year-old student teacher when she met the student, who was aged 17 and in year 12. She completed her teaching placement at the student’s school, and subsequently had a series of chance meetings with him and his friends at pubs and clubs. She had also befriended some of them on social media.
Reason prevails in review
The repercussions of the case
Content retrieved from: http://www.wiseworkplace.com.au/_blog/WISE_Blog/post/when-systems-designed-to-protect-go-too-far/.