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School Law Conference


Fri 11 Nov 2016, 9:00am–5:00pm

Where: Stamford Plaza Adelaide, 150 North Terrace, Adelaide CBD, South Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Standard Rate: $860.00
  • Earlybird Rate: $760.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: flam

Legal risk. It's the number one concern for many school principals and executive staff. And if it isn't, it should be. From duty of care to dealing with aggressive parents, schools are bombarded with tricky situations that staff may not necessarily be prepared or trained to deal with. Our industry leading school law conferences offer pragmatic advice from legal experts to guide you through today's challenges that could present you with a serious legal risk tomorrow.

Chair: Kevin Richardson, Principal, Immanuel College

Session 1: Legal Risks for Schools
Navigating Mental Health Issues in the Workplace: A Step by Step Guide
- Education involves high risk employment where staff mental health concerns are common. * How can schools cope?
- Managing health and safety, attendance and performance
- Medical information and privacy
- Avoiding discrimination and adverse action claims
- Obligations of managers and employers
- 6-step approach to 'difficult conversations'
- Managing performance concerns and possible reactions
- Identifying 'reasonable adjustments'

Presented by Will Snow, Special Counsel, Finlaysons and Sam Young, Director, Broomhall Young Psychology Services.

Serious Incident Management: From Notification to Prosecution
- Incident management: What must a school have in place?
- When is an incident notifiable to the Regulator?
- Incident investigations: preserving the school's position
- Dealing with third parties: families, media and stakeholders
- What happens if the school is prosecuted for a safety incident?
Presented by Patrick Barry, Barrister, Howard Zelling Chambers

Critical Family Law Issues for Schools: Competing Interests
- Best interests of the child and family violence
- Parenting plans or court orders: Is there a difference?
- Handling competing interests of parents and the school
- Intervention Orders and your role in school
Presented by Julie Redman, Principal, Alderman Redman; Accredited Family Law Specialist; Nationally Accredited Mediator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner

Back Off! How to Deal With Aggressive Parents
- Communication tips: How to answer curly questions
- Can you expel a family?
Presented by Kathy Rozaklis, Director, Legal Services, Department of Education and Child Development

Session 2: Risk Management and Duty of Care
Managing Risk: Top Priority in Schools

- Role and responsibilities of the Board and management for risk
- International Standard on Risk ISO31000:2009
- Risk management frameworks: What are they and how do they work?
- Performing the Risk Assessment and using voting technology
- Strategic, operational, reputational and financial risks
- Changing the culture and building ownership for risk
- Regular oversight: By whom and how?
Presented by David Powell, Director, Risk4Schools

Duty of Care: Implementing Adequate and Robust Policies
- Excursions
- Before/ after school
- Driving students
- Injuries
- Sport and playground duty
- Interschool vacations

This workshop will delve into example policies and discuss their strong and weak points. This valuable policy interpretation workshop will help you to tighten your school's duty of care policies. You will also gain important points for your staff to know if a duty of care complaint is made against them. Bring your questions for an insightful Q&A and gain the knowledge needed to protect your school.

Tony Houey, former Deputy Principal, Pembroke School; Director, Anzela

David Powell, Director, Risk4Schools
Kevin Richardson, Principal, Immanuel College