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Independent Inquiry into DoE’s Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

As an organisation, we are deeply sorry for the historical abuse that happened in our schools and apologise unreservedly to the victims and survivors.  We recognise and regret our past failings.  They have left a lasting and negative impact on the lives of victims and survivors.

DoE welcomes the findings of the Independent Inquiry into DoE’s Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. We accept all 20 recommendations. The report provides us with practical steps to continue to improve our practices and provide children and young people with the strongest possible safeguards from the harm of abuse. We commit to ensuring that we are an exemplary child safe organisation.

Already, we have taken immediate action to put in place Recommendation 5 from the Inquiry Report.  Ms Elizabeth Jack has been appointed as Executive Director, Safeguarding Children and Young People. This recognises the importance of safety and wellbeing for all children and young people in our care. It builds on the holistic approach that we already take to protect the wellbeing of children across all our settings.

We will now continue to put in place all recommendations from the Inquiry. We are fully committed to this.  We are embedding a culture where child safety is everybody’s responsibility. The voices of children and young people will be front and centre in this work.  We are also working closely with other State Government agencies to meet our responsibilities.  We will continue to work hard to correct the wrongs of the past and put in place measures that protect the children in our care.  This is our greatest commitment and our highest priority.

Further information on DoE’s response to the Inquiry can be found here.   If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact the Office of Safeguarding Children and Young People in the first instance at safeguarding@education.tas.gov.au or phone 6165 5710.

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